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Holiday traditions continue with The Nutcracker at Bridges - Claremont CourierTuesday, November 28, 2017
Princess and Dew Drop.IPB’s two new soloists are Kelsey Dorr from Lake Forest in Orange County, who among other roles will dance a Rose in Waltz of the Flowers, and Lawrence Chen—a young artist from Chino Hills who is also pursuing a mathematics degree at Pomona College—will be dancing The Nutcracker Prince, the Spanish Soloist, Russian and the Soldier Doll. “We are always excited to share our beautiful production of the Nutcracker with loyal fans and new audiences,” Artistic Director Victoria Koenigs said. “This year we are thrilled to introduce five outstanding new dancers who have just joined the company. You don’t want to miss these inspiring dancers who all bring fresh and unique qualities to their roles.”The Nutcracker was first presented in 1892 at the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. The ballet was an adaptation of the 1816 story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, by E.T.A. Hoffman. The ballet was choreographed by Lev Ivanov with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Marius Petipa, the reigning choreographer at the Maryinsky, fell ill, so the job passed to Ivanov. Tchaikovsky only reluctantly accepted the commission to compose the score which, when completed, he considered “infinitely worse than Sleeping Beauty.”At the premiere, the ballet was deemed a complete failure. More than 60 years and many productions would pass before The Nutcracker would become a staple of the repertoire in ballet companies around the world and one of the universal traditions of the holiday season.IPB’s educational outreach program, “A Young Person’s Guide to the Ballet,” is back this season for students from local area schools. Students are encouraged to participate in simple movement activities in their seats and then view the professional ballet performance, followed by a question and answer session. Teachers also have access to a free study guide to continue the conversation back in the classroom with pre- and post-performance activities aligned through the California State Content Standards for Dance, California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and the California English Language Development Standards. For many of these students, this will be the first time they get to experience live performance art, being in a theater and learning about ballet.Children’s tickets for IPB’s The Nutcracker start at $23, senior tickets start at $38 and adult tickets start at $41, with premium seats at $59. Group discounts are available.Performances take place from December 9 and 10 at 2 p.m. and December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College, 450 N. College Way, in Claremont.Additional regional performances are offered on December 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and December 16 and 17 at 2 p.m. at Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga; and December 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and December 23 at 2 p.m. at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside.For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ipballet.org.
Families gather at Ground Zero for 9/11 ceremony - Daily EgyptianTuesday, September 12, 2017
When I was a child I didn’t understand. And now I understand.Some visitors to the area were surprised lower Manhattan did not totally shut down for the event.Adam Jones, 31, a tourist from Chino Hills, California, stood on a pedestrian bridge overlooking the World Trade Center footprints as vehicles rumbled up and down West Street, office workers hurried to their jobs and shoppers ambled to the nearby stores.p i...
Endangered Brodiaea plant produces 'super bloom' in hills above Glendora - The San Gabriel Valley TribuneTuesday, May 30, 2017
Southern California this spring don’t display a blanket-like palette like the state flower, the orange-hued California poppy, as seen in record numbers in Hemet, Lancaster and Chino Hills.Instead, the thread-leafed Brodiaea, as they are more commonly known, bunch in clusters of eight to 10, standing tall on thin, spindly, green stems, unfurling their star-like purple-striped flowers under the shade of an oak or amidst the shelter of the taller, beige-colored wild oat plants.AdvertisementOn Thursday, Croissant walked the lower meadow, explaining how the unusual plant deposits its seeds, known as corms, in the volcanic, clay soil during the winter unique to the Glendora hills. A bounty of rainfall grew the green leaves and stems, producing flowers three days before Earth Day, on April 19, she said.“Here they come!” she exclaimed, pointing to a bunch in the middle of the tall wild oats. “They sneak up on you.”Toward the south end of the 4-acre meadow, the bunches appeared more frequently.“They look for a place to hide, like finding a companion plant,” she explained. That way they can be protected from ravenous deer. “They are survivors.”Even the Colby Fire of January 2014 did not stop them. In fact, the ash from the fire helped enhance the soil, which helped the Brodiaea to germinate.These Brodiaea filifolia in Glendora are the purest of the species, she said. They are pollinated by a bee fly, which keeps their DNA the same.About 20,000 plants are thriving along the ridgeline above the Colby Trail. In Bluebird Canyon exist another 5,000 and about another 10,000 in another hillside canyon, she said.The Colby Trail is open to the public during the daytime. Croissant reminds everyone to stay on the trails. “They are state and federally protected, so that means you could be arrested or cited for any kind of abuse to the plant,” she said.The Glendora Conservancy is hosting a Brodiaea Month and is offering a special program on the plant on May 20 at the Glendora Library, with a lecture by Croissant and a video on the plant’s history. The plant is the city’s official flower. Glendora is the only city in California with an endangered species as its city flower. http://www.sgvtribune.com/environment-and-nature/20170507/endangered-brodiaea-plant-produces-super-bloom-in-hills-above-glendora
Mustard flowers bloom at park in US - Global TimesMonday, May 08, 2017
Mustard flowers bloom at Chino Hills State Park in Chino Hills, California, the United States, on April 15, 2017. Photo: Xinhua Mustard flowers bloom at Chino Hills State Park in Chino Hills, California, the United States, on April 15, 2017. Photo: Xinhua Mustard flowers bloom at Chino Hills State Park in Chino Hills, California, the United States, on April 15, 2017. Photo: Xinhua Mustard flowers bloom at Chino Hills State Park in Chino Hills, California, the United States, on April 15, 2017. Photo: Xinhua ... http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1042778.shtml
Everything's coming up primroses and poppies and ranunculuses ... - Los Angeles TimesTuesday, March 28, 2017
Information kiosks stocked with maps and water are set up along Palm Canyon Road in Borrego Springs to guide visitors to the blooms.Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve15 miles west of LancasterChino Hills State Park10 miles northwest of CoronaThey don’t call California the Golden State for nothing. The state earned the moniker in part because of the “golden” poppy fields that cover hillsides each spring.The California poppy, the state flower since 1903, remains one of the most beloved wildflowers around.You’ll find them along roadsides north and south of L.A., but hot temperatures may end the show.When to go: The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, which started the season with a lackluster forecast, now has a more optimistic outlook.“We won't have a solid carpet of poppies across the park, but a couple [of] areas look like they're about to explode into a beautiful sea of orange,” the park’s website says. And it may last through mid-April.Right now they’re popping at a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov/?... http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-flowers-spring-bloom-20170316-story.html
This D.C. florist secret to surviving 114 years and four generations - The Washington PostWednesday, March 06, 2019
The florist’s all-time customer list has featured Washington Post cartoonist Herblock, the late Mayor Marion Barry, the Washington Nationals, television/radio host Larry King, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, astrologer Jeanne Dixon, civil rights and women’s rights activist Dorothy Height and half the hotels in town.Florist shops in the United States average about $350,000 in revenue a year and pocket about $50,000 in profit, according to the Society of American Florists. With $2 million in revenue, Caruso must be raking in profit.Cheryl Diaz MeyerFor The Washington PostRob Mittemeyer of Caruso Florist loads flowers into the van for delivery within a 25-mile radius of downtown Washington.“The business supports a lot of people,” said Mike Caruso, 59, Phil’s son who runs the day-to-day operations at the florist. Four Carusos work there; three brothers and father Phil, who is the president. There are 23 full-time employees and five trucks delivering flowers seven days a week. The big expenses are labor and flowers. [Here’s how rich you have to be not to worry about getting dragged from a plane]The five trucks together typically make more than 100 deliveries a day, dropping off fruit baskets at hospitals, flowers at churches and a dozen roses at a Potomac home. Ninety-five percent of orders arrive by phone and Internet. The business has computer files on thousands of its regular customers. About 40 deliveries are standing weekly orders for drop-offs at the University Club, a dentist’s office, the hotels and a law office — anything within a 25-mile radius of downtown. Caruso Florist is known for higher-end pricing and service, with orders from $35 for a basic arrangement to $30,000 to decorate the Hay-Adams for an over-the-top wedding. Mike Caruso arrives before sunrise every Monday. He spends the morning organizing the day, which may mean unloading 1,000 roses flown in from Ecuador or checking on the Gerbera daisies that just arrived from Canada’s eastern provinces at 6:30 a.m. “We have five trucks out on the road today,” Mike said last Monday. “Probably close to 100 deliveries. August is the slowest month of the year. Once Congress goes out, things kind of calm down.”December, February and May make up half the business. There are three weeks of heavy traffic leading up to Christmas. Mother’s Day is bustling. And then, of course, Valentine’s Day.It’s do-or-die day. The truck fleet grows to 30 just for Valentine’s Day, and the staff doubles.[My conv... https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/this-dc-florists-secret-to-surviving-114-years-and-four-generations/2017/08/18/ee1a0152-836e-11e7-b359-15a3617c767b_story.html
Obituary of Donald McNaught - The Union of Grass ValleyTuesday, March 05, 2019
Life will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday March 16, 2019, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Light refreshments will be served.Don was born to Herbert and Luetta McNaught on May 31, 1933 in Berkeley, California. He attended schools in Salinas, Fresno, and San Mateo, and received a BS from UCSF Pharmacy School in 1957. Don loved pharmacy and was president of McNaught Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Foothill Medical Pharmacy in Sunnyvale, California for 30 years. After retiring and moving to Grass Valley to build their dream home, Don worked for several pharmacies in the area. Pharmacy was in his blood.Don was also a former member of the Los Altos Golf and Country Club, Fairbrae Tennis, Palo Alto Elks, CA Pilots Association, CA Pharmacist Association, Alta Sierra Country Club, Music in the Mountains, and a Nevada County Volunteer Deputy Sheriff.He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Priscilla; children Jeffery and Lisa; grandson Brycen; and several nieces and nephews.The family wishes to thank Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Center for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. https://www.theunion.com/news/obituaries/obituary-of-donald-mcnaught/
The inspiring story of the woman who made the flowers for Alabama's most talked-about wedding - AL.comTuesday, March 05, 2019
While she was there, she helped take care of her now-9-year-old nephew, her brother’s son, who has cerebral palsy. After meeting Michael, a photographer, online, she eventually moved to California to be with him. When they decided to get married, he really wanted a traditional wedding, but Jackie is too practical to spend too much money on things like flowers.While she was stressing out, she happened to see an episode of “Shark Tank” featuring a product called Eco Flower – sustainable, recyclable floral arrangements made of wood and other materials. “How cool is that?” she thought. She ordered a bouquet from the company and held it when she walked down the aisle in Berkeley, Calif., on June 25, 2017.She also catered her own wedding and made all the decorations herself.Living in California was expensive, though, so after their wedding Jackie suggested they move to Mobile. “I had a really big support system” during her ordeal, she says. “That’s why I love Mobile so much and why I’m back.”They bought a cute fixer-upper cottage and transformed one of the bedrooms into her neatly organized craft room. Prosthetic hands never worked for her, she says, so she uses a battery strap around her wrist to hold an array of tools such as paint brushes to dye and paint her balsa wood flowers, making them look as real as possible. Then, with the help of a wooden chopstick, she arranges them in tiny terra-cotta pots and dainty tea cups. “I’m addicted to miniature things,” she says.Last March, she decided to start selling some of her creations at the monthly ArtWalk event in downtown Mobile. “It was scary as all get-out,” she says. “But I’m one of those people who always jump off the ledge.”Big dayShe took another risk in September, when she splurged on a booth at the Daphne Jubilee Festival. But it was there that she met Tracy Roberts and her daughter, Mary Bourne, who was planning a wedding to James Butts on Dec. 29, 2018.“When I met Jackie, saw her art and then heard her story, I knew immediately that I wanted her flowers to be a part of my big day,” says Mary Bourne. “Most importantly, I fell in love with the fact I will forever be able to have my wedding bouquet. And the possibility of passing it on to someone special, hopefully a daughter, made my heart swell.”Jackie was “terrified,” she remembers, because she had never made flowers for a wedding before, but she decided to try it. She made the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets, six boutonnieres and two corsages – and the bride couldn’t have been happier. “Her creation was perfect: light and simple,” says Mary Bourne. “I was so honored for her to have agreed to such a project, being her first wedding ever. I’m so thankful for her.” Neither Jackie nor Mary Bourne could have predicted what would happen next. While Jackie was on vacation and Mary Bourne was on her honeymoon, a video of Mary Bourne dancing with her terminally ill father at her wedding reception went viral. Shortly after her dad, Jim Roberts, died in January, the bride and groom were invited to appear on “The Ellen Show,” where they received a gift of $25,000 toward buying their first house.If that wedding is any indication of her future success, Jackie might soon have more work than she can handle. “I know I’ll never be rich doing this,” she says. “B... https://www.al.com/life/2019/02/the-inspiring-story-of-the-woman-who-made-the-flowers-for-alabamas-most-talked-about-wedding.html
Flower power: Eden Floral utilizes local growers for bouquets, floral crowns, and other engaging arrangements - New Times SLOTuesday, March 05, 2019
Born in Missouri, Manuele moved to California while still a child, but old enough to remember and miss the rolling green hills. She spent her youth and early adulthood admiring and foraging for the indigenous plant life that surrounded her. In her early 20s, Manuele took up both gardening and hiking as hobbies and found herself combining the two passions through floral art, coming home from a hike with a sprig of mountain sage and plopping it into a jar with some lavender and roses from her garden. "I was foraging long before I even knew what the word 'foraging' meant," Manuele said. "I would bring bouquets to friends made up of my latest hiking adventure and whatever was blooming in my garden." click to enlarge
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GARDEN OF EDEN Rachael Manuele (pictured) turned her passion for nature into a career with the creation of her fine art floral design company, Eden Floral.
This era in Manuele's life rolled into friends asking her to design their flower arrangements for bridal showers and weddings. Before long, friends of those friends, who had attended the showers and weddings, were contacting Manuele to seek her services. It wasn't until she began getting inquiries from people she didn't know that Manuele decided to start an official floral design company. She wound up choosing a name synonymous with paradise. "The name Eden translates my love of the natural world as it is. It's my tribute to this Earth and all that it gives to us," Manuele said. "The resilience of our Earth is an inspiration to me." click to enlarge ... https://www.newtimesslo.com/sanluisobispo/flower-power-eden-floral-utilizes-local-growers-for-bouquets-floral-crowns-and-other-engaging-arrangements/Content?oid=7641365