Rss Feed
Tweeter button
Facebook button

Archives for December 4, 2017

Celebrate the Magic of the Holiday Season With Unforgettable Events and Culinary Experiences at the Ritz-Carlton …

Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

MANAMA, Bahrain – December 4, 2017The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain transforms into a wintery-inspired wonderland this December where guests will truly enjoy ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ with a wide array of custom offerings, suited for every type of traveler to revel in the true spirit of the season. From the lighting of the Grand Christmas Tree and Floating Garden Tunnel, to holiday markets, Bahrain hotel packages, lavish buffets and the New Year’s Eve: Studio 54 party – it’s sure to be a festive paradise all wrapped up into one big red bow.

Starting on December 2, the luxury hotel in Bahrain kicks off the festive season with the lighting of the Grand Christmas Tree and magical Floating Garden Tunnel. Outdoing last year’s display, the new floating garden design will feature over 114,000 meters of white and pink wisteria flowers and salmon pink hydrangea garlands, illuminated by 12,000 meters of sparkling fairy lights. Guests will also be able to enjoy holiday ballads performed by a grand choir, and savor homemade apple cider, gingerbread cookies, and hot cocoa in the much-awaited presence of Santa Claus.

Opening to guests for the first time this year will be a special Winter Wonderland Holiday Village, from December 15-16 and 22-23, featuring a variety of festive offerings including a lavish Christmas buffet, holiday movie classics, Ritz Kids activities and more. Throughout December, guests will also be able to enjoy a splendid teatime affair at the signature Lobby Lounge and Ritz Gourmet Lounge with a special menu of Christmas teas, festive pastries and glasses of bubbly. For those looking for the perfect gift this season, the Ritz Gourmet Lounge also features a selection of Gourmet Hampers filled with heavenly delights like minced pies, specialty cookies and truffle chocolates.

On December 25, the resort’s Grand Christmas Brunch will delight guests with an extravagant buffet spread featuring live cooking and carving stations, a large seafood and prime rib corner, as well as a delectable spread of heavenly desserts. Marking the grand finale of the holiday season, the hotel will host a New Year’s Eve countdown to 2018 as we transform our 9,000 square-foot Al Noor Ballroom into the famous Studio 54 complete with disco lights, party favors, an indulgent buffet and live entertainment.

Guests can also take advantage of exclusive Christmas and New Year’s Eve packages perfect for families or leisure travelers to spend unforgettable #RCMemories, while enjoying the full line-up of festive events and culinary experiences:

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 2, from 6 p.m. onwards, Hotel Garden

Winter Wonderland Holiday Village
Friday-Saturday, December 15-16 and 22-23, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., Al Khayma (Tent)
Price: Members and Hotel Guests: Adults BHD 18++, Children BHD 10++ (ages 4-12); Non-members: Adults BHD 20++, Children BHD 12++ (ages 4-12)

Ritz Gourmet Takeaways
December 1-31, The Ritz Gourmet Lounge
Roasted turkey-to-go family dinners can also be ordered beginning December 2 for BHD 99++. Orders must be placed at least 72 hours in advance.

Festive Afternoon Tea

December 2 – 26, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Lobby Lounge
Price: Adults BHD 21++; Children BHD 13++ (ages 4-12)

Bubbly Christmas Afternoon Tea

December 2 – 30, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.. The Ritz Gourmet Lounge
Price: Adults BHD 35++ (bubbly) or BHD 21++ (soft beverages); Children BHD 13++ (ages 4-12)

Grand Christmas Brunch
Monday, December 25, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Grand Foyer
Price: Adults BHD 45++ (including selected alcoholic beverages); Children BHD 25++ (ages 4-12)

Christmas Brunch at La Med

Monday, December 25, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., La Med
Price: Adults BHD 38++ (including free flow of sparkling wine); Children BHD 20++ (ages 4-12)

New Year’s Eve Celebration: Studio 54
Sunday, December 31, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., Al Noor Ballroom
Price: Adults Early Bird BHD 60++ (Until December 10); Adults BHD 80++ (Includes gala buffet dinner, selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and a glass of bubbly before midnight; after 11:30 p.m., a cash bar applies.) 

New Year’s Day Brunch

Monday, January 1, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., La Med
Price: Adults BHD 30 net (buffet and soft beverages); Adults BHD 35 net (buffet and selected alcoholic beverages), Children BHD 18 net (ages 4-12)

Festive Room Packages
Christmas package starts from BHD 175++ per night; valid December 24-25, 2017
New Year’s Eve package starts from BHD 220++ per night; valid December 31, 2017
Terms and conditions apply.

All event prices and room packages are in Bahrain Dinars and subject to 10% service charge and 10% government levy. For additional information about The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain resort, full line up of events and festive dining options, or to reserve your stay this holiday season, please call (800) 00995, the hotel directly at (+973) 1758 0000, a travel professional or visit The Ritz-Carlton website at Follow the hotel on Facebook and join the conversation using #RCMemories.


About The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Set within 20 acres of lush gardens and golden sandy beaches on the Gulf of Arabia, the 245-room city resort is one of the most elegant destinations in Bahrain, and a place where guests can immerse themselves in the local culture, enjoy extraordinary cuisine and explore the dazzling capital city of Manama, adding yet another level of luxury to a collective range of extraordinary experiences. Accommodations include 31 suites and 42 Club Level rooms as well as 23 well appointed, seafront villas, each with three-bedrooms, its own private infinity pool, private beach access and 24-hour butler service.

Catering to the most discerning epicurean connoisseur, the resort offers both modern and international dining experiences with its seven award-winning restaurants, including: Catina Kahlo (Mexican), Nirvana (Indian), Plums (Steakhouse), La Plage (Beach cafe), Thai (Asian Fusion and Sushi), La Med (Mediterranean) and Primavera (Italian). For leisurely dining moments or for afternoon tea, The Lobby Lounge and The Ritz Gourmet offer guests à la carte café and dessert options, while both Burlington Club and Kahlo Club entertain a more sophisticated ambience perfect for enjoying vintage spirits, premium cigars, modern cocktails (and mocktails) and light bites. In-room dining is also available to guests’ 24-hours a day.

A variety of guest amenities abound with outdoor and indoor swimming pools, an award-winning Ritz-Carlton Spa, Royal Beach Club, private marina, 24-hour fitness center, paddle boarding and kayaking rentals, Ritz Kids clubhouse, tennis and squash courts, business center, flamingo lagoon, Concierge desk with Les Clefs d’Or® Head Concierge, men’s and women’s hair salon, and shopping arcade with six luxury boutiques. In addition, the resort’s  more than 18,000 square meters (19,000 square feet) of indoor and outdoor event spaces promise the perfect venue for any meeting or special occasion. For additional information about The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, please call please call (800) 00995, the hotel directly at (+973) 1758 0000, a travel professional or visit The Ritz-Carlton website at

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, MD, currently operates more than 90 hotels in over 30 countries and territories.  More than 40 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is proud to offer The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® in which members can link accounts with Marriott Rewards® and Starwood Preferred Guest® for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at, for the latest company updates, visit and to join the live conversation, use #RCMemories.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc.

Contact: Amanda M. Williams    				     
Assoc. Director of Public Relations                                                             						          
+973 1758 6711 								          

Bldg. 112, King Mohammed VI Ave, 
Block 428, Al Seef District
Manama, Bahrain
 +973 175 80000

Article source:

Glavé & Holmes seeks to ‘elevate human spirit’ through architectural design

Whenever Carol Hazard posts new content, you’ll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link.

Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items.

Article source:

Plans to restore Robbins Memorial Garden unveiled

The Winfield Robbins Memorial Garden isn’t what it used to be. The main reflecting pool and water feature have fallen into disrepair and now the Friends of Robbins Town Gardens, the Arlington Historical Commission and the Town of Arlington are banding together to restore the garden to its previous beauty.

About 30 people gathered at the Robbins Library on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 30 to learn about restoration plans for the garden’s water features. The event included a presentation on the garden’s history and the proposed repairs.

A look back in time

“This garden is prized and loved by very many people,” said Christine Harris, President of the Friends of the Robbins Town Gardens, a non-profit dedicated to maintaining the historical site.

The garden, which is on the state Register of Historic Places, will be restored with funding from the Community Preservation Act. The goal of the project is to restore the garden’s water features to the historic intent of the original 1939 design.

Danielle Desilets, an architect at Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture, gave an overview of the history of the garden and the surrounding area, and outlined the evolution of the garden’s design. According to her research, the Robbins family purchased the land in 1847 and throughout the years funded the building of both the Town Hall and gardens.

The original garden plans were designed by the Olmsted Brothers, a firm of renowned landscape architects founded by the sons of Emerald Necklace designer Frederick Law Olmsted, and incorporated water features designed by R. Clipston Sturgis. Desilets noted the character-defining features of the garden, which make it historically significant, including the Menotomy Hunter Sculpture created by Cyrus Dallin in 1911, the pools and spillways, and the walkways designed by the Olmsted Brothers.

What needs to be fixed

Although the garden was restored in 1999, Desilets recommended numerous other repairs. She proposed rebuilding the main reflecting pool, repairing the basins and the ripple spillway, developing a maintenance plan for the water features and installing a new mechanical system.

Mark Mariano, a civil engineer with Weston and Sampson, elaborated on these proposed repairs and outlined exactly what work needs be done. He proposed completely removing and resetting the brick walkways, replacing all the piping, disinfecting the basins with UV light, and resetting the stones in the pools.

According to his projected timeline, the restoration would begin in April 2018 and be completed by September 2018, pending community approval.

Following the presentations, many attendees voiced concern that the Town would not continue to maintain the garden’s water features after the initial restoration. Assistant Town Manager Jim Feeney told residents that since the garden will be used as a rental venue, those funds will go toward maintaining the water features in the future.

“It’s a historic treasure and we have to get it back on the maintenance budget,” said Sarah Mraz, who held her wedding in the garden in 2007. “I’ve always loved it and I spend a lot of time there. I’ve been concerned about it and I’m excited to see it repaired.”

Article source:

TERASA LOTT: Tips on managing plant pests





Article source:

Garden Tips: Squirrels are cute but pesky rodents – Tri

Last weekend I was sitting with my 2-year-old grandson looking out the window at a squirrel nibbling on a shriveled plum from the neighbor’s tree. In all my years of writing this column, I have never written about squirrels. Many people think of squirrels as cute little furry creatures that dart about collecting nuts in the fall. Others think of them as nasty, pestiferous rodents.

Before we decide who is right, let us learn a little about them. There are four native squirrel species in the state: the western gray, Douglas’, red and flying squirrels. All of our native squirrels in Washington are protected by law and may not be hunted or trapped. In fact, the western gray squirrel is on Washington’s list of protected species, and efforts are being taken to protect its habitat.

The non-native eastern gray, eastern fox and California ground squirrels are not considered desirable species. They are not protected and may be hunted if you have a valid hunting license. However, if they are live-trapped, they may not be released anywhere in the state other than on the property where they were caught.

The eastern gray squirrel is the most common tree squirrel in local urban areas. It is native to eastern North America and was brought here intentionally in the early 1900s and repeatedly released in parks, on school campuses and in residential areas. It is my guess that easterners who had settled here missed these supposedly engaging creatures. However, not everyone agrees.

Never miss a local story.

Sign up today for unlimited digital access to our website, apps, the digital newspaper and more.

The eastern gray squirrel has worked its way onto the list of the Top 100 Invasive Species of the World. Why? From a human standpoint, eastern gray squirrels are a nuisance outside of their native habitat. They have been known to dig in lawns and gardens, chew on electrical wiring and power lines, gnaw holes in siding, build nests in attics and chimneys, and damage attic insulation. They are also known to steal fruit and nuts off garden trees, dig up flower bulbs, raid bird feeders, gnaw off tree twigs, eat bird eggs and young nestlings, and strip bark off trees to mark their territory or to feed on the tissues beneath.

From a native habitat standpoint, it is thought that eastern gray squirrels may be out-competing native squirrels and wild turkeys for food and habitat, but others attribute the decline of native wildlife to the loss of habitat due to development. In Europe, scientists indicate that they carry squirrel pox, a disease that is deadly to their native red squirrels. In addition, they eat nine times as much food as native squirrels.

While much effort is spent keeping squirrels away from bird feeders and nut trees, some admirers actually have squirrel feeding stations. This can result in the more squirrels nesting in nearby trees and structures. Plus, it may increase the transmission of disease among the squirrels.

Hand feeding squirrels that seem tame is also ill advised because it encourages them to become braver and more aggressive around humans. When I was in college, a fellow student regularly hand fed parts of his peanut butter sandwich to a squirrel visiting the lab. One day the emboldened squirrel wanted more of the sandwich and bit his finger. Ouch!

So while I did enjoy watching that squirrel outside the window, I will not be celebrating on Jan. 21, the day designated as Squirrel Appreciation Day by a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina. Even with their fuzzy tail and endearing ways, squirrels are wild rodents. Outside of their native region, the eastern gray squirrel has become a real pest.

Learn much more about native and non-native tree squirrels and their management at:

Marianne C. Ophardt is a retired horticulturist for Washington State University Benton County Extension.

Article source: