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    The newest, swanky address in Silicon Valley is a few hundred square feet, with perches, play areas, a few cozy hidey holes and even a fancy water feature. If it was an apartment, it would probably go for $4,000 a month — even with just a netted roof. But it’s not an apartment. It’s Kona’s Spot in the Sun, the new cat garden at the Humane Society Silicon Valley’s Peter Detkin and Michelle Oates Detkin Animal Community Center in Milpitas that was unveiled on a not-sunny Thursday afternoon. MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 21: Grant Austin (left), 9, and Lucas Austin,6, look at Izzy, a 5 year old neutered male black cat, inside KonaÕs Spot in the Sun at Humane Society Silicon Valley in Milpitas, Calif., Thursday, April 21, 2022. (Shae Hammond/Bay Area News Group)  The idea for the garden was conceived around three years ago, Humane Society Silicon Valley President Kurt Krukenberg said, and it was driven by a donation from longtime Humane Society supporter Suzanne Maas, who chose to honor the memory of her cat, Kona, with the space’s...
    OAKS, Pa. (CBS) — If you’ve got an itch to spruce up your indoor or outdoor living space, you’re in luck. The Philadelphia Home and Garden Show is happening this weekend in Oaks, Montgomery County. The door opened to the general public at 10 a.m. and for folks who are coming out, there is a whole lot for you to see.  READ MORE: Philadelphia Theater Company Returns With New COVID-19 Booster RequirementThere are more than 200 exhibits this year. They range from home decor to landscaping and gardening. “The majority of our exhibitors are local businesses,” Jenna Naffin, the show manager, said. “So you’re really supporting the local community when you shop here today.” READ MORE: Activists, Leaders Rally Throughout Philadelphia In Solidarity With Ukraine: 'War Is Not The Answer'There are also hundreds of home and garden experts to answer questions and offer advice.  This is the sixth year for the show. It was one of the last major shows before the COVID lockdowns, and it was canceled last year because of the pandemic.  The show will go on...
    A WOMAN who erected a 12ft giant clown in her front garden much to delight of locals has slammed killjoy councillors who made her take it down. Tanya Stevens, of Noosa, Australia, proudly displayed the colourful character outside her home after discovering Moscow Circus was coming to town. 1Tanya Stevens set up the 12ft inflatable clown named Karl in her garden in honour of the Moscow Circus But a Queensland council launched a crackdown on the jesters, warning Tanya she could be fined for flaunting her 12ft inflatable clown called Karl. The circus fan claimed the clown had been welcomed by locals during the five days it was exhibited in honour of the admired entertainers. Yet sadly, Karl had to be deflated after councillors informed her the display was actually in breach of Noosa Shire Council bylaws. Tanya told local TV show A Current Affair: "The circus people approached me again and they were like, 'the clown has got to, it's got to come down, and I'm like 'oh no, why'." The fun-loving Aussie says they then informed her...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A blue, three-armed giant recently arrived in Ravenswood. That could be a prompt for a new sci-fi script, but it’s not. There is a new line of public art in the Ravenswood neighborhood, and the brains behind the project told CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas they want to help bolster the economy as well. READ MORE: Bronzeville Liquor Store Security Guard, Victor Brown, 34, Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Chicago Grandmother Bobbye JohnsonThe artist behind this sculpture admits Chicago is an imperfect place. “We have our issues politically,” said artist John Airo. That is not to mention the weather. “On days like today, it feels like it’s hard to love this city, because it’s a tough place,” Airo said. “But we love it, and kind of turn a blind eye – kind of what it’s representing.” That’s why Airo made Blind Love, a sculpture of an otherworldly three-armed creature. “The three arms represent the three sides of the city,” Airo said. The creature is covering its eyes and expressing love for its neighbors. “Break bread...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A fall bounty from her summer harvest back in August CBS 2 introduced you to this Chicago South Sider Nyajai Ellison, or the so-called Garden Goddess. Ellison plants harvests fruits and veggies behind her three flat in the South Shore neighborhood and now she’s selling some of what she grows down the street at the Local Market Foods on 71st and Jeffrey. READ MORE: Man Charged With Murder Of Wheeling Mother Ja'nya Murphy Due In Court After Extradition From MissouriThis market is the main source of fresh produce in that community – which for a long time has been considered a food desert. READ MORE: Woman Involved In Crash On I-355 Meets Nurse Who Saved Her For The First Time“I live in this neighborhood; I’m giving produce to this neighborhood and making sure our community has the best,” Ellison said. This time around, the Garden Goddess is selling microgreens that she grows in an indoor garden in her basement. Everything from sweet peas to arugula, peppers, and tomatoes. MORE NEWS: Thanksgiving Travel: Here's What You Need To...
    Two people died in a a Tinton Falls crash Saturday night, authorities said. A pickup truck driver heading north on the parkway drove off the roadway, over a patch of grass and hit a Toyota on Asbury Avenue around 7:30 p.m., Monmouth County officials said. The 40-year-old Toyota driver from Baltimore and his 35-year-old passenger were killed, authorities said. The pickup driver gave police his cell phone and agreed to a blood test. Identifies were not immediately released. The crash remains under investigation.
    There’s a meme commonly shared on social media that goes something like this: “If you drank from a garden hose, stayed outside till dark, rode in the back of a pickup truck, ate dirt, licked random amphibians, taunted apex predators, and slapped yourself repeatedly in the face just to feel something in the midst of your cosseted, banal, utterly meaningless existence, then SHARE.” I may be paraphrasing, but the meaning is plain enough. Kids these days need fresh air and a maybe a good dose of COVID-19 to teach them that life is an adventure! The problem with that meme is that the person who drank from a garden hose and got a parasitic condition that turned their brain to ricotta cheese before they briefly took up prop comedy, and then unceremoniously shuffled off to an Elysian afterlife (where premium champagne flows 24/7 from sketchy garden hoses) never gets to share that meme. Because they’re fucking dead. So, we’re a nation of rugged individualists. I get it. Unfortunately, that attitude has put us behind the eight ball when it comes to COVID-19 mitigation. As...
    Capitol security awaits rally to support those charged in January riot Suspect in 4 shooting deaths surrenders to police in Arizona Morning, Garden City! Here's everything you need to know to get this Saturday started off right. © Patch graphic Are you a local business owner or marketer in Garden City? Our premium local sponsorships will keep you at the top of inboxes around town every morning. Contact us here for the lowdown. Load Error First, today's weather: Partly cloudy throughout the day. High: 84 Low: 67. Here are the top stories in Garden City today: Size, security, transparency: Great Neck apartment project delayed following local pushback (The Real Deal) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reveals findings of Back Bays study (liherald) LI Crisis Center Taking Calls, Educating About Mental Health For 50 Years (Long Island Press) COVID-19: Long Island Infection Rate Stays At Steady Rate; New Breakdown By Community (Daily Voice) Former day care owner opens trendy LI boutique (Newsday) Back to School Nights begin in Garden City (Garden City News) Garden City Jewish Center returns to...
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- There are many benefits to gardening. That's why Kellogg Garden Products teamed up with nonprofit Grades of Green to revamp the garden at Kelso Elementary School in Inglewood."Gardening, and especially for kids, is so important because it's really the connecting point between so many environmental issues," said Kathy Kellogg Johnson, chairman of the board for Kellogg Garden Products. "And it is also the connecting point in nutritional issues.""Our programs really are trying to not just educate the students," said Kim Siehl, executive director of Grades of Green. "But really get them to understand the importance of the environment."Not only did they provide bags of soil, fertilizer, and a variety of vegetables and herbs, but Kellogg Johnson said she believes in adding life above the soil as well as underneath, which is why they provided earthworms and ladybugs as well."It's so productive. They find ladybugs in the garden or they find the worms in the soil," said Kellogg Johnson. "All of this just puts the children in touch with a green space right here on campus, right here...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — One local business known for showcasing live jazz music in the city is being threatened by noise ordinances. The Jerk Garden at Terra Cafe has served as an outdoor space for arts and music of all ages for months now. For over a decade, Terra Café has anchored itself as a community staple in Charles Village. Not only offering food for the soul but home to some of the city’s finest sounds of jazz and culture. READ MORE: Maryland Schools Push To Vaccinate Eligible Children As Coronavirus Cases Rise; New School Mask Mandate Starts In Baltimore County Schools “This has been a hub for artists, musicians, creators, thinkers, community leaders,” said Terence Dickson, Owner of Terra Cafe. “It’s important purely because it’s the great spot to congregate,” said Clarence Ward III, Saxophonist and Trumpeter. Due to covid, the space has moved outside as “The Jerk Garden.” “We have live jazz every Monday night with Clarence which gives an opportunity for not only the musicians but just people in the community getting rid of this covid fatigue,” said...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Many think of a visit to your local Botanic Garden as an escape location. Surround yourself with all that is green and that flowers, take in a little of the best of urban landscaping. For me? More a walk through my local plant laboratory. It is not hidden truth that most of my garden is a best guess of someone else’s success. I see, I mimic. Sometimes in the mashing up of others’ ideas I land on a semi-unique version of my own. This might be more born from a habit of confusing in my head several streams of new information and making a stew instead of duplicating a dish. By the way, the points above also reveal the secret sauce to the patent-generation monster that is the United States. Just put a huddled mass into a big pot and stir in equitable opportunity and a little grit. Diversity is a visual and durability strength in any landscape; it is an idea-generator in an open society like ours. Anyway, I digress. A visit to your local...
                        On Wednesday night, riots and protests erupted again after the city of Minneapolis and Seven Points Uptown decided to remove the “peace garden” where a memorial for Winston Smith was located. The garden, also known as Boogie World, was a second autonomous zone established in Minneapolis after a wanted man, Smith, was shot and killed by U.S. Marshals on June 3. As reported by The Minnesota Sun, “Smith had multiple warrants out for his arrest and refused to comply with the U.S. Marshals who were attempting to arrest him. He allegedly pulled a gun and shot. The officers returned fire and Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.” According to Crime Watch Minneapolis, instigators were blocking streets with trash cans and other barricades. They also tipped dumpsters over into the roads, “taking anything they can find” and throwing it out into the roads. According to another source, they “emptied hundreds of trash bins onto the street and public works had to be brought in the middle of the...
    Not all farm-to-table efforts are at restaurants: the Cupertino De Anza Lions Club has partnered with local nonprofits to get fresh produce to West Valley residents suffering from food insecurity. A year ago, Lions Joan Chin and Dagi Zimdahl spearheaded an effort to restore the garden at Via West, a camp for boys and girls with social cognitive challenges run by Via Services at Stevens Creek County Park. “We organized a small team of club members to clean everything up and start planting in late July” of 2020, Chin recalls. “Since July, we have grown food continuously.” Since the first harvest last fall, the Lions have been donating produce from the Via Lions Co-op Garden to West Valley Community Services, a Cupertino-based nonprofit that provides food and rental assistance to local residents. “Our harvests have been steadily increasing from month to month,” Chin says, “with the most recent month yielding 363 bags of greens, root crops, vine crops and herbs. We bag our produce, putting the amount of each crop needed to create a dish for a family of four. “Our gardening methods...
    A HOMEOWNER has sparked mystery after leaving his garden so overgrown a boat was found hidden under the weeds and brambles. No one in the cul de sac of 15 or so houses in Burnham on Sea, Somerset, reports having seen Dr Paul Impey, 59, for around three years. 3This overgrown garden was finally clearedCredit: SWNS 3Underneath the mass of brambles and weeds, the cleaning team found a car and a boatCredit: SWNS The overgrown mess even prompted his local council to take the unusual step of getting a court under the Public Health Act to tidy it after the absent owner was not found. Dr Impey, who told his neighbours he was a university engineering professor, is known to be an eccentric figure, who often mowed his lawn at midnight. His only companion was a black cat and he was rarely seen in daylight during his infrequent appearances at his one-bed end-of-terrace home in the seaside town. Since he was last seen at the property, in 2018, his garden has grown out of control and despite the local authority...
    While sourdough bread and jigsaw puzzles might have gotten all the headlines last year, it turns out that many Americans have spent the coronavirus pandemic growing vegetables. So it’s no surprise that seed companies have seen sales soar since last March. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, in Mansfield, Missouri, “has done about five times what we normally do in orders ever since COVID,” says Shannie McCabe, horticulturist and garden educator for the company. “Pandemics do tend to trigger seed buying and renew interest in gardening.” Similarly, Owen Taylor, who founded Truelove Seeds with his business partner Chris Bolden-Newsome in Philadelphia in 2018, not only saw sales skyrocket at the beginning of the pandemic, but has also seen a 266 percent increase in sales so far in 2021. Truelove Seeds works with farmers across the eastern United States who grow fruits, vegetables and herbs that are culturally and regionally significant and, often, uncommon. It operates as a profit sharing model, with 50 percent of sales going back to the growers. “Our model is that as more and more people get excited...
    Wood chips make a great component to garden spaces. Even better, they are often inexpensive or free. The best part, however, is what a positive impact wood chips have in and around the garden. Home improvement stores sell wood chips, aka wood mulch, by the bag, but that’s a much more expensive and wasteful proposition than buying them in bulk. Tree trimming and local recycling services will often have fresh wood chips for free, or they can be sourced much cheaper from landscaping companies and nurseries. Not only does getting wood chips in bulk make fiscal sense, but it is also much more environmentally friendly. A cubic yard of mulch requires about 13 bags of mulch, costing somewhere in the vicinity of $50. That’s 13 or more massive plastic bags carrying wood which likely wasn’t sustainably sourced. On the other hand, a yard of bulk mulch costs about $20, and it is typically sourced from local tree services that are using wood that was cut anyway. Plus, it’ll be helping small local businesses rather than large corporate ones. But,...
    From Filoli to Ruth Bancroft, seven gorgeous Bay Area gardens are featured in the pages of a beautiful new book, “The Garden: Elements and Styles” (Phaidon, $70). Author and garden designer Toby Musgrave has singled out Filoli, Flora Grubb, Medlock Ames winery and Ruth Bancroft gardens, as well as private gardens in Tiburon and Oakland to illustrate various garden elements and styles. “The selection criteria for these gardens was the same as for all the illustrations included — that the gardens be special, yet representative of the element, feature or style under discussion — and must offer inspiration to today’s garden-maker and be beautifully photographed,” writes Musgrave in a recent email. Organized by almost 200 garden themes, this photo-driven, coffee-table-sized book features images that illustrate global styles such as aviary, coastal, courtyard, cutting, French, Italianate, maze, plantsman’s, Renaissance, roof, rock, temple, terrace, theatrical, topiary, raised bed, tropical, walled, wildlife, woodland and xeriscape gardens. • The serene pool and water fountain at Filoli in Woodside is showcased under the “water garden” element page. • Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco is...
            by Anthony Gockowski  A local health agency is threatening to strip a Lynd, Minnesota, restaurant owner of her food service license for proceeding with an open-mic night event on Friday. Larvita McFarquhar, owner of Haven’s Garden, has already been threatened by the Attorney General’s Office and her local sheriff with thousands of dollars in fines, up to a year in jail and a lawsuit, Alpha News reported. Under an executive order from Gov. Tim Walz, bars and restaurants are required to close for in-person service for at least four weeks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Now, Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS) is threatening to revoke McFarquhar’s food service license for violating that order. “Haven’s Garden was issued a 2020 Food Service License by SWHHS. This license is contingent on meeting applicable state and local requirements, including Executive Order 20-99. Indoor dining and the planned gathering scheduled for November 27 from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. would be considered a violation of EO 20-99, requiring SWHHS inspection staff to proceed with enforcement action,”...
    Dave Decker Another Saturday night killer BBqustic sesh at New World Brewery. This weekend brings Treble Hook’s Florida Folk and Medicine Show with Bob Anthony to the biergarten. Expect songs about mermaids and other Florida stuff, with Treble Hook—aka Scott Rexroat—representing in a much more authentic way than that Buffett guy. New World is keeping its capacity at 25% since the governor won’t, so get there early if you want a seat at this free gig. Florida Folk and Medicine Show w/Bob Anthony/Scott Rexroat, Sat. Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m. Free. New World Brewery, Tampa. newworldtampa.com Tampa Bay venues and promoters need you to bug Marco Rubio about saving the live music scene. See a list of Tampa Bay’s “Safe & Sound” live music venues here. Support local journalism in these crazy days. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you up to the minute news on how Coronavirus is affecting Tampa and surrounding areas. Please consider making a one time or monthly donation to help support our staff. Every little bit helps. Follow @cl_music on Twitter to...
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