Thursday, April 24, 2014

10 recreation lakes that can survive a drought

By Tom Stienstra On a trip through California’s Gold Country last month, we drove over the dam at Lake Tulloch near Sonora, and like most, had a provocative response: Look at all that water! Tulloch, as are a few recreation lakes across Northern California, is kept full or close to it year-round, even when other […]

Ask the Expert: University Honda

Original Equipment Tires vs. Non-originals Original Equipment (OE) Tires During the development of your vehicle, Honda engineers worked closely with the original equipment tire manufacturer to develop a tire that optimizes all the performance attributes of your vehicle. Extensive testing was done in the lab, on the track, and on the road to ensure that […]

A new spin on ceiling fans: Bigger style and smaller energy bills

By Eric Christensen Installing a ceiling fan is an easy, inexpensive project that just about any homeowner can tackle. Ceiling fans are a great way to add personal style to a room. And by making your home more energy-efficient, this small investment of time and money can create year-round savings on your power bill. […]

Singles guide to surviving the holidays

Being single during the holidays doesn’t have to feel like adding insult to injury. These tips from the dating and relationship experts at eHarmony can help you make it through the season at peace with yourself and your relationship status. Holiday parties: To bring a date or not? That is the question. You can always […]

Buttoned Up: Strategies for traveling sanely this holiday season

By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore Over the river and through the woods… Although it is hard to believe, the holiday season is upon us again. That means many people will be hitting the roads, rails and skyways in the coming weeks as they celebrate the festive season with family and friends. If you are […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged | Leave a reply

‘Tis the season to see if your tread’s been bad or good

(BPT) – The holidays are here again, and so is running – er, driving – around for things. Rushing to parties, picking up family at the airport, preparing dinners, and, of course, shopping. Whether it’s fighting for parking spaces at the mall or traveling over the river and through the woods, don’t overlook the four […]

With no surprise, is the gift magic dead?

By Leanne Italie Count Cynthia Gibson among gift recipients not interested in being surprised. “Most of the time it’s a disappointment, and I’m one of those people who don’t hide their emotions very well,” said Gibson, in Los Angeles. “The best gift is getting what you want.” Natalie Caine begs to differ. She has a […]

Remodeling for the holidays? Don’t go crazy

By Rosemary Sadez Freidmann Are you gearing up for the fun, hectic, exciting, loving, partying, giving, family gathering season we are entering? You might be ready, but is your house ready too? If you are expecting to host parties and expecting to invite guests overnight, perhaps it’s time to give your house a critical look. […]

Tips for hosts with diabetic guests

Tampa Bay Times If your holiday guests have diabetes, here are some suggestions for meeting their needs without stressing yourself out, or making them feel self-conscious. Bonus: Your weight-conscious guests will thank you, too. * Stock diet sodas and sugar-free mixers and juices if you’re making a signature cocktail. * For appetizers, Jane Norman, a […]

A guide to take the pain out of Thanksgiving math

By J.M. Hirsch Thanksgiving is coming and you need to just relax and embrace the horror. Accept the fact that you’ll get at least something wrong. The turkey will be too big. Or too small. Or too frozen. There won’t be enough mashed potatoes, or maybe you’ll forget to salt them. Maybe you’ll have rivers […]

A sauce that’s a bit Thanksgiving, a bit Hanukkah

By J.M. Hirsch With Thanksgiving falling on the first day of Hanukkah, I wanted to look for ways to blend a little each holiday at the same table. And it turns out the fruit is a fine place to start. Because cooked fruit enjoys starring roles in both holidays. For Hanukkah, there often is applesauce, […]

Water-wise plants take center stage at Central Park Gardens sale

Central Park Gardens will celebrate seven years of volunteer-led garden improvements at its annual open house and plant sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Master Gardener volunteers and members of the gardens’ steering committee will answer questions and sell plants in five of the seven demonstration gardens, at Third and B streets […]