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North scape: Prospective college students offered academic advice in McCandless

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McCandless — La Roche College invites prospective students to meet with an enrollment counselor, receive an admissions decision and discover their academic scholarship award, during Instant Decision Day from 9 a.m. and 7 p.m Monday at La Roche’s Freshman Admissions office, located at 8650 Babcock Boulevard. No appointment is necessary, but students must bring the following items for consideration: a completed La Roche application, a high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. Applicants must hold a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, as well as a minimum SAT score of 800 or a 17 composite ACT score. Certain programs at La Roche have admission requirements that exceed these minimums. Information: 412-536-1270, 800-838-4572 or 412-536-1272.

McCandless — La Roche College, an affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, and North Allegheny School District, will sponsor the 2015 Pittsburgh Arts Region Scholastic Art Awards. An exhibit of the award-winning work will be on display in the Cantellops Gallery and Zappala College Center at La Roche College Saturday through Feb. 22. The exhibition will feature more than 900 works of art and will be open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including weekends. At 3 p.m., Feb. 22 La Roche College will honor the award-winning participants at a ceremony in the Kerr Fitness and Sports Center. Refreshments will be served prior to the event at 1:30 p.m. in the Zappala College Center. La Roche College is located at 9000 Babcock Blvd.


Ross — Marian Hall Home will hold a Night at the Races Saturday in Mt. Assisi Auditorium, 934 Forest Ave. Doors open: 6 p.m. Refreshments 6:30 p.m. Post Time: 7:30 p.m. Admission Tickets: $15 in advance $20 at the door. Tickets/information: 412-761-1999


Hampton —The Greybrooke Garden Club will meet Wednesday at Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd. Donna Marie Oster will present the program “Four Season Landscaping.” The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Information: Bea Weimer at 412-487-1072.

Special interest

McCandless — Great Decisions, an eight-week program series sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and continue each Saturday through March 28. All sessions will be held at the Science Center Building on the La Roche College Campus, 9000 Babcock Blvd. Facilitators from North Hills-McKnight Branch of the American Association of University Women and guest speakers will present the programs which feature eight different countries and topics. Guidebooks are recommended, but not required, and can be purchased at the first meeting. Information: Judy Daw, at 412-486-0302.


Fox Chapel — The Fox Chapel Area Branch of The American Association Of University Women will host Barbara Johnstone, Professor of Rhetoric and Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to discuss her recently-published book ‘Speaking Pittsburghese: The Story of a Dialect’. She’ll explain how Pittsburghese evolved over the course of half a century and weave the story of how the word “yinz” today illuminates how Pittsburgh speech has moved from being a local dialect to representing a set of ideas about what it means to be and sound like a Pittsburgher. The event is free.

McCandless —The Legacy Lineup at Cumberland Woods Village will host Edward J. Reis, Resident Westinghouse Historian, Heinz History Center, to discuss The Westinghouse Robots at 11 a.m.Tuesday. Learn about the first robots that Westinghouse engineers demonstrated at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Electro, the Moto Man walked and talked and gave commands to Sparko, the Moto Dog. Information: 412-635-8080.

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Bright ideas! Get inspired this weekend at these Q-C events – Quad

Feeling a little housebound lately with all this snow? There’s no cure for cabin fever like getting out for awhile.

This weekend brings a unique opportunity to imagine ways to spruce up that humble abode while you are at it. Some new carpet here. A home theater there. Maybe a new deck after the thaw?

Whatever projects you have in mind, you are bound to find lots of great ideas at this weekend’s 37th-annual Quad Cities Builders Remodelers Association Home Show.

In the toasty confines of Rock Island’s cavernous QCCA Expo Center, you can window-shop 60,000 square feet of exhibits covering everything from new drapes to plumbing.

The show will feature the latest in remodeling ideas and new construction, landscaping and interior decorating. There will also be lenders available to discuss how to help you finance your project.

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Sunday. Admission is $7 at the door, $6 in advance at Hy-Vee stores. Children 16 years and under get in free, and seniors (60+) are just $5 from noon to 5 p.m. Friday.

Libraries offer free fun and a foreign film

Of course, you don’t have to wait until the weekend to get the creative juices flowing. If you want, you can head over today to one of the Rock Island Public Library branches and beat the doldrums with some crafty activities.

This afternoon at 4 p.m., the Children’s Department at the Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road, Rock Island, will offer a free pop-up craft workshop. There, children ages 8 and older can make an adorable dog card. Materials will be provided according to a news release.

Meanwhile at the 30/31 Branch, at 3059 30th St., “Tape to Make It” for teens will begin at 6 p.m. At this event, teens ages 12 to 18 will make crafts using colorful duct tape. Materials also will be supplied for this event.

For the grownups, the Main Library, at 401 19th St., will show a free independent movie for adults at 5:30 p.m. The unrated movie, which is set in Japan and has English subtitles, includes popcorn and a discussion.

For more information, or for a list of other upcoming library events, visit, or call 309-732-7323.

Singin’ the blues for quarter-century

Or, if you’re looking for some musical inspiration, Ellis Kell pours his heart and soul into the blues every time he steps on stage, and this Friday night will be a special one. The Ellis Kell Band will celebrate a quarter-century in the business with an 8 p.m. gig at the Redstone Room, Davenport.

Since the band performed for the first time on Feb. 3, 1990 at Rascals in Moline, it has received many awards recognizing the boys as the area’s best blues band. Over its career, EKB has shared the stage with many rock-n-roll legends, including B.B. King, Willie Nelson and Bo Diddley.

“We know each other like a book, and that only comes with playing a long time together,” Mr. Kell said this week. “I’ve always been fortunate to be surrounded by good musicians, and these guys are some of the best veteran players around. We’re like brothers up there, and I feel blessed to still be making music with them this far down the trail.”

His bandmates are John Burchett, Detroit Larry Davison, Rick Stoneking, Terry Hanson, and since 2014, Tony Hoeppner.

Tickets for the show are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Purchase tickets and find more information at

“Hell” of a book signing

In October 1969, Capt. Bill Albracht, the youngest Green Beret captain in Vietnam, took command of Fire Base Kate, a remote hilltop outpost. It was held by only 27 American soldiers and 150 Montagnard militiamen. At dawn the next morning, 6,000 men in three North Vietnamese Army regiments crossed the Cambodian border and attacked.

The story is recounted in Albracht’s nationally-acclaimed book, “Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate,” which he co-wrote with Capt. Marvin J. Wolf. For his leadership in the ensuing battle, Albracht was honored with a Purple Heart and two Silver Stars. He went on to serve in the Secret Service.

This Saturday at 3 p.m. you can meet the Albracht and have him autograph a copy of the book at a signing event at Barnes Noble in NorthPark Mall.

For more information, call 563-445-8760.

SAU lecture features nationally-celebrated scholar

Dr. Michele Wallace has spent her career thinking and writing about how race and gender are portrayed in popular culture. Recognized as a pioneer in black feminist thought, she is the author of several books and a professor of English, Women’s Studies and Film Studies at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Tonight at 7 p.m. in the St. Ambrose University Rogalski Center (W. Lombard Stree and N. Ripley Street), Dr. Wallace will present,  “The Myth of the Superwoman Revisited: Black Feminism and the Civil Rights Movement.” A question and answer session will follow the lecture.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Vroom, vroom!

Finally, motor enthusiasts can head to the 21st annual Iowa-Illinois Regional Auto Show this weekend at the RiverCenter in Davenport. 

The event will showcase 2015 vehicles and some 2016 models, including cars, trucks, SUVS and alternative fuel vehicles, and is a joint effort of auto dealers from 18 counties in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, according to a news release.

Catch the show from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Special attractions also will be held throughout the weekend event, including face painting, balloon artists and a meet and greet with Pete the Purple Bull from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, and pictures with Bubba the Alligator and other exotic animals from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $3 for children ages 7-12; and free for children ages 6 and younger. Sunday is family day, when admission is free for children ages 12 and younger.

For more information, visit

These are just a few of the many things going on in our area this weekend. For more ideas, check out the events calendar at

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Home and garden show in Hampton this weekend

The convention center in the Coliseum Central area is the location of a big event this weekend.

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Time to think about garden features

He is an outstanding and generous horticulturalist and a fine writer. Timing for the column was right on target. The last third of January brought out construction workers, landscapers and people on foot and riding bikes.

Anyone who loves gardening, bird-watching and outdoor entertainment most likely had that longing for the deck outside, grilling out and planning for summer’s beauty.

Zvirovski said “This is the time to write things down and begin plotting out your garden.” Oh, how true a statement. Saturday mornings usually are a time when the breakfast table has graph paper, ruler, garden reference books and photos of the yard mixed in with coffee cups and half-read newspapers. Nothing could be much better on a “balmy” but snow-filled January morning than thinking about the warmth of summer and dreams of bright colors.

Artists and gardens travel a lifelong journey in tandem. Many need both to function. As seasons change, we plan for the next, then plot those ideas on paper.

In past “Art Voices” I’ve mentioned the importance of taking photos of every aspect in the yard and house. One of the most important reasons is pretty simple; if you plan to have a contractor add a concrete-based patio, walkway or garden structure, you must first have a plan.

Even in February, as long as we have ground we can walk on (and not tromping through deep snow) we can still get some photos and measurements. When we’re dreaming, we don’t always think in terms of how that dream may fit into a practical timeframe.

Contractors must have ideas and photos now to start scheduling their crews for the spring and summer. If they don’t have your ideas early, your project may not get going until late fall or even 2016. That builds frustration, and nobody likes to wait. It’s first-come, first-served in building.

Doing our job to facilitate them doing theirs means work gets started as soon as possible. So get accurate measurements and plans soon. That may mean waiting a bit to buy plants.

Take photos. Clip ideas, or better yet, photocopy desired garden features. Check with City Engineer Reed Schwartzkopf’s office at City Hall to make sure what you are planning is permitted. The alley way, right of way, sidewalk, boulevard and setbacks all play roles in where certain additions can go.

If a hard-scape is on the docket, check to make certain the contractor is licensed and bonded. If the contractor is not licensed in Jamestown and not insured, and something is damaged or even a crew worker injured, you as homeowner are liable.

Yes, a homeowner can do his or her own work. Part of the pleasure of working in your yard is the satisfaction of doing it yourself.

At this time of year deciduous trees allow a sight-point to areas beyond the summer view. Ask yourself now if that sight line is what you want, and if not, how you could change it to make a winter view more appealing to you.

Gardening is a year-round love. Summer is beautified by sounds of birds and the brilliance of annuals. But winter is frequently neglected. Look around town to see plants and garden additions that hold snow. If you like that look, it might be something to add to your own space.

Concrete sculptures make lovely additions. My own preference is Japanese style, using evergreens, lanterns and rocks. But other western garden appointments are gorgeous as well.

Traditional British hedge and French parterre gardens hold a place in my heart as well. So too, do cottage gardens. The practicality of a deck or patio, an outbuilding or gazebo not only looks good, but serves a functional need as well. They catch and hold snow. Any of those additions could make a huge difference on how next winter “feels” when viewed from indoors.

Take a photo of the view out the window. How could you change that view to make it more pleasing covered in snow? Planning now and contacting contractors may be the answer to next year’s winter garden.

If anyone has an item for this column, please send to Sharon Cox, PO Box 1559, Jamestown, ND 58402-1559.

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Low Country Home and Garden Show this weekend

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WJCL) — The Fifteenth Annual Low Country Home and Garden Show is this weekend at the Savannah Trade and Convention Center. Tickets are only $8 and military and kids under 17 get in free.

The Low Country Home and Garden Show runs Friday, Feb. 6 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You’ll find more than 4K square feet of DIY seminars, gardens, landscapes, counter tops, cabinets, home security, stunning interior design and home improvement displays as they walk the aisles of booths and exhibits at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.  This year, guests can meet the celebrity guest, John Gidding, star of HGTV’s Curb Appeal and Designed to Sell and ask him questions during his seminars.

There’s even a Home Improvement Alley, a kitchen feature by The Remodeling Depot and gardening seminars by the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens.  There are  great tips for making the most out of your outdoor living space with landscape lighting, landscaping, hardscapes, spas and more.  To supplement the home and garden features, try some gourmet treats or shop for something special for your loved ones at the Art, Gift and Gourmet area.  For the kiddies there’s a Kid’s Workshops by Lowe’s.

Tickets are only $8.00 at the door for adults 17 and up and only $6 for Seniors 65 and up.  Active duty military and children under 17 get in FREE.

The Savannah International Trade and Convention Center is at One International Drive in Savannah, Georgia, on Hutchinson Island. For more information, please visit

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Cedar Creek Lake February Gardening Tips

Gardening Tips for February.

In February, we experience the beginnings of spring in the garden.  We start to see early colors and signs of new greenery.  Now is the time to prepare vegetable and flower beds and to start planting to get root systems established during the spring months.

Apply Pre-emergent to Lawns.  To have a lush green lawn free of weeds this spring treat your turf with a pre-emergent in early February.

Pre-emergents work by preventing weed seeds from germinating – so applying at the right time is important.  A reliable pre-emergent that works on weeds in East Texas is Hi-Yield’s Weed Stopper with Dimension.

If you prefer to use an organic product use Nature’s Guide Spreadable Corn Gluten.  It’s a natural weed preventer and nitrogen fertilizer.

Fertilize.   February is the time to fertilize trees, shrubs, lawns and evergreens.  Use a rose or all-purpose garden type fertilizer to feed roses, fruit and flowering trees, plus other deciduous trees and shrubs.  If you use dry type fertilizers, be sure to water-in thoroughly after application.

Spraying.   Make an application of winter dormant spray on fruit trees to kill damaging insects as they wake up from their winter’s nap.  Spray at a time when the wind is not blowing and when temperatures are above freezing.

Pruning.  Prune back trees,  shrubs and roses before buds start to show.  Valentine’s Day is considered one of the best times to trim back roses.

Freezing Temperatures.    If temperatures drop below 32 degrees use a freeze cloth to protect early flowering buds or tender plants.

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Delta, BC — Feb 03, 2015 / (
— One of the necessary parts of gardening requires keeping it clean
and tidy. To keep your garden beautiful, it is important to have
cleaning as part of weekly gardening job.  Here is rundown on ways to
keep your outside space look tidy and clean.

Throw away trash

The first step in garden clean up is to keep the
outside space clean. And to achieve this is possible by throwing away
the trash and keep it beautiful. So if it is left over fertilizer bags
or some old broken flower pots, one should be careful to throw them to
the trash. Trash should not be the cause for ruining your flower beds or
lawn’s visual appeal.

Start a compost pile

Often, old plants, stems, leaves, etc. fall from the trees or are
pulled from the earth. This lowers the visual appeal of the exterior
quite easily and quickly. The solution lies in making a compost pile in
some area of the lawn. Whenever, there is some trimming or weeding, the
excess should be placed in the compost pile as part of leaf clean up.
This helps in keeping these away from the garden, in addition to having
a healthy soil during the future planting season. One can put
vegetables, fruit, leaves, stems, etc into the compost pile. Hence, it
makes sense to become an active person in compost building.


To have a healthy garden, it is important to have weeding. The
garden is also kept beautiful in the process. Weeding should be done on a
weekly basis to prevent overrunning of weeds all across the garden. The
garden will grow better and look beautiful. And in the process you also
get some exercise weeding.

Get rid of dying plants

If there are plants that in spite of making effort to save it, it
seems unable to keep it alive, it is better to pull out the plant.
Dying plants ruin the beauty of the garden. It should be noted that it
is only with healthy plants that forms a clean garden. Plants with
diseases are not going to grow to their full potential.  Soon on
noticing a problem, remove them immediately.

It is important to keep your garden clean. This is more so if the
main reason for having a garden is the visual appeal that it provides.
There are many other things that could be done to keep the garden clean.
Among these is to pay regular visits to the local garden centre where
there are plethora of help and advices available on gardening and
maintenance of garden. If you are residing in Ladner, Whiterock or
Tsawwassen in BC, you can visit Eastside Landscaping and General Home
Services to get the best gardening services.

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Tips: Plan Now for a Bountiful Harvest this Season

It’s hard to believe, but soon plants will be moving into the garden centers and dreams of a beautiful and productive garden will be filling your head. Many gardeners however find that when it comes to putting plans down on paper, they freeze. Perhaps just a little help is needed.

To begin, take a look at your favorite recipes and make a list of the ingredients you would like to grow. Include vegetables and herbs you use often, those that are cheaper to grow than to buy, and those that taste best fresh from the garden. Tomatoes, peppers, cilantro are just a few that come to mind.

Be sure to involve your family in this process. After all, if they help plan the garden, they may be more inclined to help weed, water and harvest it. But even if they don’t end up lending a hand, they will be much more likely to clean their plates when you make their favorite dishes with those homegrown fresh-from-the-garden vegetables.

Once you have your list of vegetables and herbs, it’s time to design your garden. Don’t let this step intimidate you. There are some terrific online tools, like, that provide planting plans to make this much easier for both new and experienced gardeners. For example, in just one small space (4 feet by 4 feet), Bonnie Plants’ Homemade Salsa garden plan allows gardeners to grow two tomato or tomatillo plants in cages in one row, one jalapeno pepper and one red bell pepper in cages in the next row, and cilantro and onions in the third row. If you need more produce for your favorite recipes, just add another 4 x 4 section.

Or visit to plan your own garden. Their kitchen and garden planner (located under learn and share) allows you to design your own garden. And once planned you will have your own planting guide and know how many plants or seeds are needed to grow the garden you desire.

Boost your garden’s productivity even further with proper care and some space-saving techniques:

•Water plants thoroughly whenever the top few inches of soil is crumbly and just starting to dry. Also, be sure to mulch by covering the soil surface with a layer of shredded leaves, evergreen needles, or weed-free straw. Mulching helps conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and improve the soil over time.

•Maximize every square foot by growing tomatoes and peppers in cages. In addition, train cucumbers and other vining plants up a trellis. Going vertical leaves more room to plant your other favorite herbs and vegetables.

•Save even more space by growing fast-maturing vegetables like lettuce in between vegetables like tomatoes that take much longer to begin producing. This strategy, known as interplanting, allows you to grow two types of vegetables in one space. By the time the tomato plants become large and start to shade out the greens, the lettuce will be done producing. Not only does this save space, but it also reduces the number of weeds.

Now it’s time to start mapping out your plans for the growing season ahead.

Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written more than 20 gardening books. Her website,, offers gardening videos, podcasts and monthly tips.

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