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December 5, 2003
Steve Kawaratani "No more turkey, but I'd like some more of the bread it ate." -- HANK KETCHUM "Here's to Gibby!" -- ANONYMOUS The aftermath of Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers will likely induce guilt-driven exercise for many of us. Getting into the garden and mowing the lawn is a great way to purge the system of excess calories. If the gardener already cut your grass this week, then you can simply enjoy its emerald glory. Or, if your lawn area is still in the planning stage, read on and install it this first holiday season weekend.
NEWS
By STEVE KAWARATANI | September 29, 2006
"I admire lolling on a lawn by a water-lilied pond to eat white currants and see goldfish." -- John Keats "Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand."  -- Muhammad Ali It has become all but a foregone conclusion that our first garden (or even subsequent gardens) will include some sort of lawn area. This is probably due to a vague recollection of Victorian gardens in our collective consciousness, replete with vast acreage of emerald green grass, a pond sprinkled with water lilies and a white gazebo.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | October 16, 2009
Traditional garden design has suggested elements that our first garden might likely include. This is probably due to a vague recollection of featured gardens in Architectural Digest or a movie filmed in England. Such musings are replete with a vast acreage of emerald green grass — croquet, lawn chairs and children’s swing sets complete the image. If a green lawn is appealing to you, it is simple to grow your own from seed. Besides water, all grass requires is sunlight, the right sort of prepared soil and the appropriate seed.
NEWS
October 25, 2002
THE GARDEN FANATIC "I admire lolling on a lawn by a water-lilied pond to eat white currants and see goldfish." "Green how I want you green." Traditional garden design has suggested elements that our first garden will likely include. This is probably due to a vague recollection of featured gardens in the Architectural Digest. Such musings are replete with a vast acreage of emerald green grass, croquet, lawn chairs and children's swing sets complete the image.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | October 2, 2009
Cooler evening temperatures and the Canyon sycamores turning leaf color are a reminder that summer has departed. It has been consistently warm despite the on-and-off overcast weather… my anemones appeared pinker and the Russelia brighter than autumns past. The days have closed with a clear horizon over the ocean, and possi- bilities have returned. October is such a splendid month. Your questions for me included: Q. Besides ruining my view, my neighbor’s eucalyptus tree has covered my soil with debris.
NEWS
August 2, 2012
Democratic Club hosting discussion event The Laguna Beach Democratic Club is hosting two speakers who will discuss the upcoming general election and national politics at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the club's local headquarters, 1401 S. Coast Hwy. Tom Phifer, a California regional field organizer with Organizing for America, will speak on national and local campaign plans for President Obama, according to a news release. He previously worked on both campaigns for former President Bill Clinton.
NEWS
October 3, 2003
Steve Kawaratani "October is ... a wider horizon more clearly seen." -- HAL BORLAND "When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different." -- GEORGE SANTAYANA Heavy morning dews and sycamores turning leaf color have reminded me that summer has passed. It has been surprisingly warm during this persistent period of overcast weather -- my salvias appeared bluer and the echinacea brighter than autumns past.
NEWS
June 6, 2003
THE GARDEN FANATIC "It will be gone by June." -- Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky "Warm in December, cold in June, you say?" -- Robert Frost The first week of the first month of summer has brought the expected gloomy skies, as well as unexpected showers. The weather challenges a gardener's sunny outlook and faith that the sun and blue skies will arrive prior to July. Be on the alert for aphids, snails and mildew -- they're lurking out there.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sherwood Kiraly | April 10, 2009
During rough economic times you take on responsibilities you might have previously paid others to handle. A man used to bring a small crew on Wednesdays to trim and mow our yard, and we recently decided we couldn’t afford him for a while. Although it was a necessary budgetary move, I regretted dispensing with Mr. Lopez’s services, both because I like him and because I knew I was now, at least partly, Mr. Lopez. My history with the plant world is not a happy one. Plants don’t thrive under my — well, “care” is a strong word.
NEWS
By By Dan Beighley | January 13, 2006
New amphitheater, terraced garden, restrooms and railing planned for the bluff-top park.Expect well-worn and weather-beaten Heisler Park to be more user-friendly and easier on the eyes. City officials and an architect outlined upcoming changes to the park in a tour through the bluff-top venue last Saturday. The improvement plans were two years in the making, said project manager Wade Brown. The remodeling objectives are primarily concerned with landslide prevention -- new drainage and irrigation features will be installed -- as well as improved public access.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Emily Foxhall | October 3, 2013
California weather has long attracted out-of-state visitors looking to spend time outdoors. They flock to the golden coast to surf, bike and rock climb and, as it happens, "play bowls. " More than 300 players took to the greens last week for the U.S. Open of Lawn Bowls, an annual tournament for national and international players that ended Saturday at the Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club. The only qualifications? Membership in a lawn bowling association and a small tournament fee. This fall marks the fourth consecutive year that Orange County clubs have hosted the competition, and they plan to do so again next year.
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NEWS
By David Hansen | May 15, 2013
Most people of a certain age grew up with three of everything - three TV stations, three friends and three sports: football, baseball and basketball. Now, kids have thousands of limitless TV channels, virtual friends and a wide world of sports that has truly become global. On any given Sunday, my three boys can do lacrosse, water polo, Jujutsu, sea kayaking or almost any of the 8,000 official sports. Why? Why not? When there is lawn bowling in your backyard, why not try it?
NEWS
August 2, 2012
Democratic Club hosting discussion event The Laguna Beach Democratic Club is hosting two speakers who will discuss the upcoming general election and national politics at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the club's local headquarters, 1401 S. Coast Hwy. Tom Phifer, a California regional field organizer with Organizing for America, will speak on national and local campaign plans for President Obama, according to a news release. He previously worked on both campaigns for former President Bill Clinton.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | May 7, 2010
“Follow with May’s fairest flowers.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley In the aftermath of those surprising April showers, expect little or no rain during the next five months. It is imperative to water your garden thoroughly during May, on an as-needed basis. Mulch plants to reduce the need for water, and don’t forget to be on the lookout for insect pests and diseases. Your May questions to the Plant Man included: Q. Is the city giving away mulch again?
SPORTS
November 20, 2009
The Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club held its annual General Membership meeting earlier this month and elected its board of directors for the new 2009-2010 term. The club?s newly elected directors, who serve two-year terms, include: Curt Barstch (president); John Laguna (vice-president); Dennis Lockwood (treasurer); Bob Schmalholtz and Bella Denes. In addition, the Club expanded its five-director board to seven and appointed Dottie Parnell and Scott Roberts (secretary) to one-year terms.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | October 16, 2009
Traditional garden design has suggested elements that our first garden might likely include. This is probably due to a vague recollection of featured gardens in Architectural Digest or a movie filmed in England. Such musings are replete with a vast acreage of emerald green grass — croquet, lawn chairs and children’s swing sets complete the image. If a green lawn is appealing to you, it is simple to grow your own from seed. Besides water, all grass requires is sunlight, the right sort of prepared soil and the appropriate seed.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | October 2, 2009
Cooler evening temperatures and the Canyon sycamores turning leaf color are a reminder that summer has departed. It has been consistently warm despite the on-and-off overcast weather… my anemones appeared pinker and the Russelia brighter than autumns past. The days have closed with a clear horizon over the ocean, and possi- bilities have returned. October is such a splendid month. Your questions for me included: Q. Besides ruining my view, my neighbor’s eucalyptus tree has covered my soil with debris.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sherwood Kiraly | April 10, 2009
During rough economic times you take on responsibilities you might have previously paid others to handle. A man used to bring a small crew on Wednesdays to trim and mow our yard, and we recently decided we couldn’t afford him for a while. Although it was a necessary budgetary move, I regretted dispensing with Mr. Lopez’s services, both because I like him and because I knew I was now, at least partly, Mr. Lopez. My history with the plant world is not a happy one. Plants don’t thrive under my — well, “care” is a strong word.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | May 2, 2008
“April is a promise that May is bound to keep...” — Hal Borland “Follow with May’s fairest flowers.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley   The sunny, second half of April was a gardener’s dream, and the first days of May promise more of the same. The time spent in the garden last monthwill come to fruition with the fair flowers of May. And fair your garden must look, after all Mother’s Day and Memorial Day are celebrated best at home.
SPORTS
By Ashley Breeding | May 2, 2008
An ancient sport is seeking young blood. The Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club will open its greens to the public in hopes of recruiting new, youthful members, said Jan Hargraves, an active club member who has lawn bowled for eight years. “The best kept secret in town” will soon be out in the open, due to new marketing efforts. Hargraves said the sport has long been associated with the elderly community, and the club is currently comprised of only 100 members, most of whom fall into this older demographic.
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