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Pike Road Lions Club welcomes Steve Flowers - Montgomery AdvertiserFriday, January 29, 2016
Hooper said. “Steve told us at the meeting several funny stories about former Govs. Big Jim Folsom and George Wallace, and former U.S. Sen. Howell Heflin.”Lions Club president Jimmy Lee said Flowers was highly entertaining.“He was really good, and told a lot of good stories from the Big Jim Folsom era, and (former governor ) Albert Brewer and funny things that happened,” Lee said.Flowers spoke for about 45 minutes before the Club held their business meeting. The club numbers about 35 members since starting in 2012, Lee said.The group meets on the second Thursday of each month. The new Pike Road school has been the biggest beneficiary of late through funds raised by the Club, Lee said. To get involved in the Lions Club, Lee said to call town hall at 272-9883.Flowers also will be appearing at the popular Pike Road library branch in January.Steve Flowers. new book, “Of Goats & Governors.” (Contributed) (Photo: .)The Troy native will speak at 10 a.m. on Jan. 21 about Alabama’s colorful political history and upcoming legislative and election battles in Montgomery and Washington.He also will attend a reception and book signing following his talk. Books will be for sale at the meeting. They also can be purchased from New South Books in Montgomery, and at the Goat Hill Museum Bookstore at the Capitol.The Pike Road Bookies will meet to discuss the book at 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 21“Steve Flowers has been a fixture in Alabama politics and political journalism for decades, so he has many fascinating stories to tell,” Pike Road librarian Matt Williams said. “The Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library hope that lots of folks will come to hear Steve.”The Pike Road library is located at 9585 Vaughn Road in the town hall center. The library can be reached at 244-8679, or on Facebook, facebook.com/pikeroadbranchlibrary.Steve Flowers talks with Pike Road Lions Club members Dr. Bill Cornwell and former Pike Road Mayor Wayne Rabren. (Contributed) (Photo: .)In 1982, at age 30, Flowers entered politics and was elected a state representative from Pike County.He was overwhelmingly reelected several times. He left undefeated and uncontested, choosing not to seek reelection in 1998. During his tenure in the House of Re... http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/pike-road/2016/01/18/pike-road-lions-club-welcomes-steve-flowers/78959102/
Fleurs de Villes: Free self-guided walk through downtown Vancouver's Christmas floral trail - Vancouver Is AwesomeWednesday, March 31, 2021
December with a stroll in downtown Vancouver highlighted by 30 beautiful fresh floral installations.It's the second annual Fleurs de Villes Noel Vancouver, a holiday celebration featuring top florists from around the city and their stunning displays, set up along Robson and Alberni streets. Use the map to follow the 'Floral Trail' as you walk past the stunning creations, displayed outdoors for all to enjoy. Be sure to adhere to social distancing best practices as you enjoy your self-guided stroll.Fluers de Villes takes places at various times of year in cities across the globe, from London to Seattle, as well as in several Canadian cities. Other Fleurs de Villes events have been curated around Vancouver over the past few years, though this is the second time there's been a Christmastime display. (Great news, too, as Fleurs de Villes has pinned down June dates for a return to Robson and Alberni with springtime blooms!)Running December 4 through 13, Fleurs de Villes Noel is a chance to get some fresh air and exercise, do a little shopping, and enjoy the talents of our local florists.You'll find the map and details about each of the presenting florists online here.Here are some images of last y... https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/events-and-entertainment/walk-free-floral-trail-pop-up-installations-fleurs-de-villes-christmas-vancouver-2020-3152912
11-year-old boy gives flowers to King Soopers employees - ABC NewsWednesday, March 31, 2021
JJ spends time volunteering to help neighbors with chores such as putting out their trash.With money he made as a dog walker, JJ Witmer bought dozens of flowers for King Soopers employeesA florist at the Brighton King Soopers offered JJ a discount to purchase dozens of flowers, which he spent about 45 minutes sharing with every employee at the store, telling him that he appreciated their hard work. They shared hugs and smiles, and some of the employees teared up.Jody and JJ then went to the Commerce City store, at which they're regulars and know many of the workers.Another shopper stopped JJ and said, "I'm embarrassed to share this, but I just cried listening to you. My wife is a manager of a King Soopers, and this touches me a lot today." JJ handed that man a flower as well.When they got home, Witmer said JJ was happy to have helped dozens of employees that day. She shared their story on Facebook in the hopes it would inspire others to do help spread kindness during difficult times."People are taking action," she said, "and that's awesome."JJ went to two King Soopers locations in Brighton and Commerce City to share flowers with employees... https://abcnews.go.com/US/11-year-boy-flowers-king-soopers-employees/story?id=76708231
After the shooting, a boy gave flowers to workers at King Soopers stores near the attack - The Washington PostWednesday, March 31, 2021
He purchased dozens of carnations in a variety of bright colors and paid for them with money he earned from dog-walking. When JJ told the florist his plan to give a flower to every store employee, she offered him a generous discount.That’s when he turned to his mother and excitedly said, “kindness is spreading!” Witmer recalled.They did several laps around the supermarket and handed out one flower to every employee. With each flower, JJ shared an earnest message.“We just wanted to let you know you’re appreciated. Thank you for being here today. It must be hard,” he said to each employee.“At first, I was a little bit timid because I wasn’t sure how they would react,” JJ said.But then he saw that employees instantly responded with overwhelming gratitude.“They were really thankful. Lots of them were crying and giving me first bumps and air hugs,” JJ said. “It made me feel so good. I was filled with joy and happiness.”While chatting with the store employees, “they said they were kind of scared to go do their job,” JJ added. “I think we made the right decision because it made a lot of people feel good.”Although Witmer followed closely behind her son, “I just stood in the background and let him do his thing,” she said. “This was his idea, and I was just there to support him.”After about 45 minutes in the store, they moved on to another King Soopers location in Reunion, a community in Commerce City, which is where the Witmer family usually gets their groceries.“We know most of the employees there,” JJ said.He purchased three dozen red roses that the store’s florist also offered at a heavily discounted price. Again, he circled the supermarket, handing out flowers to every employee in sight.“He even waited for a staff meeting to end so he wouldn’t miss anybody,” Witmer said.Marsha Esparza-Barnabe, 58, who works in the pharmacy at the Commerce City King Soopers, was surprised when JJ approached her with a rose.The atmosphere in the store was “very somber,” she said. “Everybody was talking about [the shooting], and it was just very sad. It could have been our store.”Then JJ appeared, rose in hand.The small gesture of kindness was so overwhelming, Esparza-Barnabe said, that “I actually turned and walked to the back and cried.”Not far away, in the baking aisle of the supermarket, Zerelda Todd — a King Soopers employee of 46 years — was on her knees, stocking the shelves with tubes of frosting.“All of a sudden, I heard this quiet voice go ‘Ma’am,' ” Todd, 64, said. ... https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/03/25/king-soopers-shooting-flowers-colorado/
A fresh brunch menu that combines spring flavours and flowers - The Globe and MailWednesday, March 31, 2021
Just ensure your flowers have been grown chemical-free (your florist should know – or pluck them from your own garden to be sure) and that you can positively identify the variety. Or seek out ingredients such as bottled rosewater or dried culinary lavender to help bring your brunch into bloom. St-Germain, an elderflower liqueur, is available in most liquor stores, and you can even buy bottles of elderflower syrup at IKEA. Garden Gravlax Serves 10-12 Curing your own salmon is surprisingly simple. A dry cure of sugar and salt, spiked with citrus, spices and perhaps some peppery nasturtiums, is rubbed heavily over a fresh fillet, which is then weighted down and left for 24 hours. Once cured and thinly sliced, the delicate white and purple flowers of blooming dill and chives are ideal for garnishing your gravlax. Nasturtiums are a little more unexpected: Both petals and leaves add a fresh, radish-like flavour that’s delicious tucked into your bagel and cream cheese. 1 tablespoon coriander seed, toasted 1 tablespoon fennel seed, toasted A few nasturtium flowers or leaves 1/2 cup Diamond Crystal kosher salt (or 1/4 cup fine table salt) 1/2 cup sugar 2-3 teaspoons grated orange, lemon or lime zest One 1 pound (approximately) salmon fillet Edible flowers, for garnish Crush the coriander and fennel roughly in a mortar and pestle or pulse them in a spice grinder. If you like, crush in a few nasturtium leaves or petals, or try other edible flowers – perhaps a few calendula petals or tangerine marigolds. In a medium bowl, combine the salt, sugar, citrus zest, crushed spices and flowers. Place a piece of plastic wrap over a shallow baking dish or rimmed sheet large enough to accommodate the salmon. Scatter half the salt mixture over it and lay the fillet skin side down overtop. Sprinkle the rest of the cure mixture over the fish and spread it evenly to coat. Bring the edge of the plastic wrap up to cover the fish, place a small cutting board or second sheet on top and weigh it down with a can or two; refrigerate all day or overnight. After about 12 hours, unwrap the fish and flip it over, rerubbing the (now wet) cure over the surface; rewrap and return to the fridge for another 12 hours. Wipe or rinse off the salt mixture, pat the fish dry and slice it thinly to serve with crackers, flatbread or bagels, and cream cheese, labneh or whipped creamy (Macedonian-style) feta, with nasturtiums or other edible flowers for garnish. Malabi with Cardamom Rose Granola Julie Van Rosendaal/The Globe and Mail Makes about 6 puddings and 5 cups of granola Story continue... https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/article-a-fresh-brunch-menu-that-combines-spring-flavours-and-flowers/
Grow Plant Shop's First Brick-and-Mortar to Open Saturday - Fort Worth MagazineWednesday, March 31, 2021
Owners Emily and Bobby Lynge always saw the Airstream as temporary, however, and during the pandemic, were able to make the move to the space once occupied by The Enchanted Florist on Camp Bowie.
The Magnolia Avenue Airstream will be open until Thursday. On Saturday, the Camp Bowie space will be open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.