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The Fault in Our Stars, Robotics Drawbots & Chocolate Storytime

The Fault in Our Stars, Robotics Drawbots & Chocolate Storytime
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For anyone who has a tween or teen in the household, The Fault in Our Stars—a book and now a movie—is well known. The sixth novel by author John Green was turned into a romantic comedy-drama in 2014, was directed by Josh Boone, and stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as the young protagonists Hazel […]

16th Annual Renal Teen Prom

16th Annual Renal Teen Prom

Lori Hartwell missed her prom “because she spent all her teenage years on dialysis.” Hartwell didn’t want that same fate to befall another teenager, so as president and founder of Renal Support Network (RSN) she dreamed up the Renal Teen Prom. On January 18th, the 16th Annual Renal Teen Prom will be held at the […]

Elemental: Light

Elemental: Light

The funny thing about light is that you can’t really see it. You can see the things that make light, like the sun, the light bulb overhead, or the fire in the fireplace. You can see other things like leaves, rocks, rooms, cars, and buildings because of the light that bounces off their surfaces into […]

Time to Prune the Roses

Time to Prune the Roses

The first thing to know is that it’s hard to kill a rose with bad pruning. (Phew!) But though it takes patience and time to become a skilled pruner (is that a word?) or one who prunes, pruning is very good for plants as it encourages new growth and blooms. Pruning also removes dead wood, […]

Botanical Art

Botanical Art

For plant lovers, observers, and students of art, the Arboretum and Cristina Baltayian present “Botanical Art” classes beginning in January and running through June. These classes will be exploring color pencil, graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on various papers, vellum and other surfaces. The emphasis will be on plant observation, drawing, composition, color theory […]

Black & White Challenge

Black & White Challenge

Local artist Kate Carvellas issued an offer to a few artist friends: take the Black & White photo challenge. Happily, they have agreed to share the results with us…   Kat Carvellas: “While photography is outside the parameters of my normal artistic endeavors, I found this B&W challenge exciting and inspiring to be a part […]

The Skill of Self-Compassion

The Skill of Self-Compassion

How is it that we can rush to a friend’s side, be the shoulder to cry on, the sounding wall, the advice corner, the giver of unconditional love, compassion, and understanding, yet fail to do so for ourselves? We’re our harshest critic; we’ve all heard that. But what does this behavior produce? How many times […]

Less Clutter More Life

Less Clutter More Life

If Barbara says get rid of it, get rid of it. For twenty years, Barbara Hemphill, founder of Productive Environment Institute, has been helping individuals, executives, and whole companies eliminate stacks of paper and piles of clutter. With the advancement of technology, she began aiming her focus at digital clutter. Now, Barbara has refined her […]

Fiore Market Café Roast Beef

Fiore Market Café Roast Beef

Sincere thanks to Bill Disselhorst for contributing this week’s recipe. He and Ann have just released their first cookbook—Fresh—and will have a signing on Saturday, December 20th. Only thirty dollars, Fresh makes for a great holiday gift and supports our local independent entrepreneurs! Thank you, Fiore Market Café, and congratulations…(We’ll be seeing you in a […]

Casa Marengo & a Stairway to Heaven

Casa Marengo & a Stairway to Heaven

Val Echavarria is moving to the back. That is, this local artist has created her new studio space at the back of Avenue 50 Studio. Val is a multi-media artist who works in pastel, pencil, acrylics, and watercolor. She’s also a sculptor and done assemblage art and collage. She opens her studio doors this weekend… […]

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