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July 18th - 24th, 2011 (Ter’t #226)

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Book Review

“Sex After Death,” A Love Story

By Theda Kleinhans Reichman Like Bogey and Bacall, Rodger and Kathleen Sterling had a May to September romance. But the age difference didn’t matter because they, like Bogart and Bacall, were made for each other, destined to be together till death parted them. They were together for almost a quarter of a century -- they loved, worked, played and traveled the world together -- then all too soon Rodger was gone and she was without the love of her life. One year after his death she packed up her laptop computer and headed to Paris, then on to London, two of their favorite cities. It was not only a journey to find herself, it was a trip that celebrated her first wedding anniversary without Rodger. While there she began to write about their life, their love story. She traveled to their special places, old haunts like their favorite hotel where she was now alone in the room they once shared. She dined in quaint cafes and lifted a glass to his memory and went to their park bench near the Eifel Tower hoping his spirit would find her and travel along with her. The cover photo on this heartfelt memoir to an enduring love is of their ‘personal’ bench in the shadow of that special landmark -- the Eiffel Tower -- taken by Teo Tomas. The back of the dust jacket is the “missing man fly over” which Rodger would have appreciated as the planes flew over their home on the day of his well attended memorial service. Kathleen wrote the book to celebrate a very special life and marriage. She also wanted to assure others who were grieving the loss of a mate that life can eventually go on. She wanted to share her angst, tragedy and emotion coupled with large doses of humor and pathos as she struggled to be strong for her daughter, family and friends after the death of her beloved soulmate. One huge void in her life was the loss of sexual intimacy and she talks about that in areal and often amusing way. But it’s not only the loss of a loving sexual intimacy that is gone, it’s also the loss of small things like that glance from across a crowded room that says ‘honey, I love you,’ the arms around you at night, the quiet moments on the patio sipping a glass of wine and looking up at the stars in your back yard or in some exotic location. Her book begins with these words: “For Roger -- It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart Without saying a word you can light up the dark. Try as I may I can never explain what I hear when you don’t say a thing.” She writes about little things, like the old khaki jacket heal ways wore with such a poetic sense of love and longing. “It ’s been around the world and back. It smells of London, Paris, Prague and Rome, It carries the scent of a hundred trips and a thousand memories, but mostly it smells like Rodger.” Now it is kept under her pillow --“This piece of him that was left behind.” They met when she was in her mid twenties. He was a well respected journalist, newspaper owner and editor and she wanted to sell him the Valley Newspaper she had been publishing since college graduation. They met at a restaurant and kept talking till the place closed and they had to leave. She gave him a passionate kiss before heading to her car and said to herself “this is the man I am going to marry” and she did. On page 13 she gives us a witty description of who they were. “He was a morning person. I’m a night owl. He drank red. I drank white…. His car was tuned to talk radio. I listen to news or classic rock. He cried when things went right. I cry when things go wrong…. Rodg was a strong conservative. I’m middle of the road. He was an indifferent Presbyterian. I’m a strong Catholic. He was a world War II historian. I’m a trashy novel queen. He drove a sedan. I drive an SUV. He graduated college in ’59. I was born in ’59. We were a perfect match.” This is a beautiful memoir about a loving marriage that will assure the reader that even after death true love endures. (To learn more or to order a copy, go to www.sexafterdeath.com, amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.)

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One Island, Five National Parks, It’s Time To Visit The Big Island

Hawai‘i Island -- Hawai‘i, the Big Island is home not only to that famous national park with its erupting volcano, but also two national historical parks, a national historic site and a national historic trail, all featuring dazzling natural and cultural riches that share Hawai‘i’s story like nothing else Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park -- This amazing park – a 333,086-acre UNESCO World Heritage and World Biosphere Site – is a wonderland just 30 miles from Hilo with an active volcano, lava tubes, lush rainforests, deserts of volcanic cinder, rare native flora and fauna, and Hawaiian culture. •Kīlauea volcano’s lava continues to flow from the remote cindercone Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō toward the sea through a network of lava tubes, sometimes reaching the surface, much to the delight of visitors, residents and scientists. Meanwhile, the steaming, glowing summit crater continues to hold observers in awe. Halema‘uma‘u crater is the traditional home of Pele, the volcano goddess, who seems so present in the voluptuous plumes of steam arising like a potent hula.•Rare native flora and fauna fill the sprawling wilderness. Some endemic tree ferns, mosses, insects and birds are found only in Hawai‘i and others, like hau kuahiwi, a flowering tree, are found ONLY in the park, and nowhere else on Earth! Thomas A. Jaggar Museum at Halema‘uma‘u crater honors the scientist who developed the early principles and techniques of volcanology. His work lives here where you can see real-time seismograph readings of our living planet that is still giving birth. And right outside the museum, the overlook gives visitors an incredible view of the steaming crater. If you visit after dark, bring a flashlight. •Hiking hounds can spend an hour, a day or a month exploring the park’s 150-plus miles of trails that curve through lush forests, rocky deserts, remote seashores and even up to the icy 13,677-foot summit of Maunaloa. Trails range from short, easy strolls to demanding back-country treks. •Recommended: At Nāhuku (Thurston) lava tube, bring a good flashlight (and a little courage) to explore the unlit segment. Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park -- Located on the coast of Hōnaunau Bay in south Kona, this 413-acre national historic park with its fierce guardian ki‘i, (wooden images of gods) was once the home of royalty and a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers. •The system of kapu (sacred laws), was of utmost importance in Hawaiian culture. Breaking kapu could mean death – unless the wrong-doer could evade pursuers and make it to a pu‘uhonua, (sacred place of refuge). Once there, a ceremony of absolution would take place, and the law-breaker would be able to return to society. Hōnaunau is the only surviving refuge since the kapu system was abolished in 1819. •The Royal Grounds were the sacred site of visiting ali‘i (chiefs) by Keone‘ele Cove, the royal canoe landing, the hālau (thatched work houses) and royal fishponds. This sacred place gives visitors a powerful glimpse of early Hawaiian culture. (See page 7)

Generally sunny. Dry. Hot temperatures prevail. (By M. Baron) Mon -- Tue -- Wed -- Thu -- Fri -- Sat -- Sun H: 95 101 97 92 88 89 88 L: 59 64 65 68 63 65 64

Temp. Normal (LA) Hi/Lo: 84/65. July expect (Vlly) H/L: mid-90s/mid-60s

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What is a Low Pressure System? A low pressure system is an area of a

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relative pressure minimum that has converging winds and rotates in the same direction as the earth. This is counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. Also known as an cyclone, it is the opposite of an area of high pressure, or a anticyclone. (Check out www.vannuysnewspress.com) Source: Weather.com


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opinions & Editorial

An Important Reform to Ballot Box Budgeting

By Assemblyman Mike Gatto Good lawmaking requires good information. As a legislator, I have access to in-depth analyses, often from several different points-of-view, on just about every measure I consider in committee or on the Assembly floor. Voters, on the other hand, often must rely on 15-second sound bites as they consider ballot measures that make fundamental changes to the state constitution. I have amended my AB 65 to require disclosure to voters when a ballot initiative seeks to irrevocably dedicate our taxpayer dollars to one program forever. Perhaps you are like me: you generally support the concept of tobacco-cessation programs, but you want the flexibility to spend some (of the millions the state spends on such programs) on things like schools, when our schools are in danger of closing. Put another way, I wonder how many voters knew that when they approved an initiative to spend taxpayer funds on tobacco education, that those taxpayer dollars could never be spent on higher education. Imagine a monthly household budget of $3000: $1500 goes to rent, $500 to car insurance and gas, $500 on food, and $500 on entertainment. Now imagine living with a rule that the $500 entertainment budget could never, ever, be spent on anything else. It would be pretty upsetting if someone broke their leg during the month and could only go to the movies, not the hospital! This is no way to run a household and no way to run a government. It also contributes to frustration. When large percentages of our taxpayer dollars are “spoken for” (between 75 - 90% of the budget, depending on who you believe), there is little flexibility to move money around. During tough budget times, it is a shame to continue spending on what seem like lower priorities as we slash spending on core functions of government. My bill would require the attorney general and secretary of state to provide factual background in voter materials whenever an initiative seeks to forever dedicate revenue to the pet program of the day. It is readily apparent that we have to break down the silos in state government, to give us the flexibility everyone wants to adeptly configure our budget spending for an imminent crisis, a current need, or a future technology. In the meantime, it is important that voters are warned when they are about to create a new silo that could very well exist forever. (Mike Gatto is the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly. He represents the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and parts of Los Angeles, including Atwater Village, Los Feliz, Franklin Hills, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, and Van Nuys. Website of Assemblyman Mike Gatto: www.asm.ca.gov/gatto)

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-- adjective (pronounced “noo-guh-tawr-ee” or “noo-guhtohr-ee” or “nyoo-guh-tawr-ee” or “nyoo--guh-tohr-ee”) 1. of no real value; trifling; worthless. 2. of no force or effect; ineffective; futile; vain. 3. not valid. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011.

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Monday, july 18th - Sunday, July 24th, 2011

entertainment tips of the week

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

AT THE BOWL

Just a quick reminder that if you haven’t you bought your ticket for the Dolly Parton (pictured below) debut at the Hollywood Bowl this coming Friday and Saturday, July 22nd and 23rd, do so now. Ms. Parton will be showcasing her very considerable awardwinning talents in an evening that celebrates her artistry in Country Music as well as music for stage and screen. It promises to be a Wow of a Night.

Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $11-$123 (prices are subject to change) and are on sale at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office; via credit card phone order at (323) 850-2000 or through Ticketmaster. The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 N. Highland

Ave., Los Angeles Ca 90068. Stack parking is available at the Bowl but you can also park your car at the shuttle lots on Cahuenga and Vineland. Or take the subway to the Metro station at Highland and shuttle buses are available that will take you to the Bowl. Don’t forget your picnic basket. That’s what makes the Bowl so very, very special.

HAIRSPRAY

Coming to the Bowl August 5, 6 and 7 will be a concert staging of the Tony® award-winning musical HAIRSPRAY. The original stars Harvey Firestein (Hollywood Bowl debut) and Marissa J a n e t Winokur will be on the Hollywood Bowl stage along with C o r b i n Bleu, Drew Carey, Diana DeGarmo, Mo Gaffney, Nick Jonas, Darlene Love, Tara M a c r i , and John Stamos, who have also been confirmed to appear. The show will be directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell with Musical Director Lon Hoyt. Firestein reprises his role as Edna Turnbald and Ms. Winokur is daughter Tracy. Drew Carey, the host of The

Price is Right, plays Wilbur, Edna’s husband and Tracy’s father while John Stamos plays the TV Host Corny Collins. Nick Jonas of the Grammy®nominated the Jonas Brothers plays Link Larkin. Corbin Bleu plays Seaweed. 2001 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love plays Motormouth Maybelle and is the third cast member who is performing a role they played in the Broadway company. Diana DeGarmo plays Penny Pingleton and Tara Macri plays Amber. Mo Gaffney plays Proudy Pingleton, the Gym Teacher and the Matron. Hairspray will have three performances only at the Hollywood bowl, Friday and Saturday August 5 and 6 at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday August at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets are available in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office, by calling (323) 850-2000 and at HollywoodBowl.com

MUSIC IN THE GARDENS

You are invited to attend two musical evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. First, Kristin Korb will return for the Music on the Main Summer Jazz series on Thursday, July 28th. Then, on Tuesday August 2 you’re invited to take a trip back through time at an Elizabethan festival. Kritin Korb is a bassist and vocalist. Her sound epitomizes “California Cool” jazz. Her trio includes Llew Matthews and Steve Barnes. When she’s

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not touring, she hares her love of the bass with her students at the USC and Azusa Pacific University. The Summer Family Series concludes with the Elizabethan festival, performed by Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. Expect an evening of interactive theater performance and family fun, including dance. Perhaps you will rub shoulders with Good Queen Bess and Will Shakespeare. The public is welcome to bring blankets and picnic suppers and settle back to enjoy the performances. The Gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays through August 25. If you don’t care to bring food, you can purchase light food fare at the Camellia Lounge which featured beverages, snacks and appetizers prepared by Patina (along with their signature cocktails) and is open from 3 -8 p.m on Tuesdays through Thursdays. The performances are free with Gardens admissions: $8 adults, $6 senior/students, $3 children 5-12, free 4 and younger. No reciprocal gardens admissions after 4:30 p.m. For more information call (818) 949-4200 and visit www.descansogardens.org.

FOURTH OF JULY AT THE BOWL!

This year, for the first time, I joined friends at the Hollywood Bowl for the Fourth of July concert and fireworks. The first half was devoted to the music from America’s song book. I particularly enjoyed the salute to the man whose music is Americana -- George M. Cohan (who proclaimed he was born on the 4th but really on the 2nd). However, I noticed that the younger audience didn’t seem to know

the words. They also didn’t seem to know the words to the Battle Hymn of America nor America the Beautiful. How disappointing! The second half was devoted to music performed by John Hall and Darryl Oates. Though I didn’t know the words, the young people around me knew those. The concert concluded with the Bowl’s spectacular fireworks to the music of that

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great composer, John Phillip Sousa. The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra celebrating its 20th anniversary was the baton of conductor Thomas Wilkins. But, I wondered about the people in the box next to mine. The man and woman talked incessantly during the first half. No matter how many times he was asked to be quiet, he kept chattering at the top of his lungs. How Rude!

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police news & Information

Driver Killed in Head-On Collision

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA -- A driver was killed early Saturday morning when his vehicle crossed the center median and crashed head-on into an oncoming car. On July 16, 2011 at around 12:05 a.m., a 28-year-old old resident of Los Angeles was driving a 1987 Honda Civic northbound on Sepulveda Boulevard when he suddenly crossed over the center median into oncoming traffic. The car collided head-on into a 2001 Porsche Carrera being driven by a 61-year-old male driver from Encino who was travelling southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard, north of Valley Meadow Road. Neither car carried any passengers. The driver of the Honda Civic was transported to a local hospital by Los Angeles City Fire Department personnel where he died a short time later. His name is being withheld until his family can be notified. The Porsche driver was treated for minor injuries. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division, Detective Stephanie Krajchir at 818-644-8034. During non-business hours or weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800)-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most key pads) using a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters can also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “web tips” and follow the prompts.

Monday, july 18th - Sunday, July 24th, 2011

What Are The Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Archipelago is a cluster of some 13 volcanic islands and associated islets and rocks located just under the equator, about 600 miles (1000km) west of Ecuador in South America. The oldest of the islands are about 4 million years old and the youngest are still in the process of being formed. These Islands that we visit on our Galapagos cruises are considered to be one of the most active volcanic areas in the world. About 95% of the islands are part of the Galapagos National Park system, with the remainder being inhabited by about 14,000 people in four major communities (Puerto Ayora, Puerto Baquerizo, Puerto Villamil and Floreana). The Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station jointly operate the islands. The Park Service provides rangers and guides, and is responsible for overseeing the many tourists who visit each year. The Darwin Station conducts scientific research and conservation programs. It is currently breeding and releasing captive tortoises and iguanas. This group of 13 mayor islands and dozens of smaller islets and rocks - all the result of volcanic activity certainly appear to be out of this world. They are, in fact, an unpredicted wilderness, filled with extraordinary populations of unique species, which have developed apart from humans and their dominating influence. In a effort to preserve the islands as they were centuries ago, the Galapagos have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Established in 1959, the Galapagos National Park is the oldest National Park in Ecuador. About 97% of the entire area of the Galapagos Islands are part of the National Park system and remain uninhabited. The other 3% of the Islands are the inhabited areas of Santa Cruz Island, San Cristobal Island, Isabela Island and Floreana Island. In 1967, the first park service was created, but it took about 4 years for the Galapagos National Park to assign its first Superintendent and first set of park rangers as part of the National Park System. Today the Park has a complex management system and hundreds of Park Rangers. In 1979, the Galapagos National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This meant that the Park’s management and staff were responsible for performing permanent conservation efforts and guarding the islands according to UNESCO’s standards and regulations. However, in 2007, as a result of the fast growing human development and poorly controlled immigration, tourism and trade, UNESCO added the Galapagos to its List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. Since 2007, strict measures were put in place by the Galapagos National Park to control tourism, immigration and the development of existing communities in Galapagos. Since its existence, the Galapagos National park has developed a series of rules and regulations to protect the Islands and minimize the impact of tourists on the Islands. All tourists who visit the islands on a cruise, or who take daily tours out to the islands, must be accompanied by Galapagos National Park certified guide on every visit. In addition, the Galapagos National Park collects an entrance fee of $100 per person from all those who wish to visit the Galapagos Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve either by staying at a hotel in the islands or by taking a Galapagos cruise. The most important rules and regulations of the Galapagos National Park for visitors are the following: • Always follow the marked trail and never leave it. • Do not touch the animals. • Do not take souvenirs from the islands. • Do not get too close to animals. • Do not smoke on the islands. • Do not take food to the islands. • Clean your shoes’ soles before disembarking in the islands. You may have carried some seeds endemic to one island and would not want to introduce them to another. • Always stay together with your group. (For more information, visit www.galapagosexpeditions.com/)


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Community News & Events

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Business & Commerce -- Local Business Of The Week -“Panzanella Restaurant, Sherman Oaks, CA”

-- Wine Of The Week --

“2008 Aubaine Vineyard, Whitcraft Winery, Santa Barbara”

Rich aromas of black cherries and boysenberries are accented by wet earth, spice, and cola on the nose. Flavors of cranberries and boysenberries come to life on the palate, along with suggestions of dusty earth, cola, and a bit of pepper. A bright, lively, layered wine that’s great with food, try a bottle if you like Pinot which has some pizazz. A long-standing member of the Santa Barbara winemaking community, Whitcraft Winery is obsessed with producing the highest quality wines. While our signature varietals are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah, we also produce a variety of other unique, handcrafted varietals. (36 A S. Calle Cesar Chavez -- Santa Barbara, CA 93103 (805) 730-1680 -- (805) 730-1086 Fax -- info@whitcraftwinery.com)

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Panzanella Ristorante features delicious Italian and Sicilian cuisine of the Drago family in modern, yet elegant setting. At Panzanella, they bring you an extensive choice of fine wines to compliment your palate. The warm, professional and knowledgeable staff invites you to return often for superb lunchtime and dinner experiences. Panzanella Restaurant and Bar, located at 14928 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, opened after much anticipation in early 2004 to a Valley of eagerly awaiting loyal Drago customers. Tanino, Giacomino and Calogero Drago, a trio of brother restaurateurs with long-successful establishments such as Tanino Ristorante Bar (Westwood), Il Pastaio, Piccolo Paradiso (Beverly Hills) and Celestino (Pasadena), have expanded their reach to bring the Drago tastes, charm and service a little closer to home for their loyal San Fernando Valley diners. “We really had no choice,” explained Giacomino, “our customers demanded it.” With this space becoming available we knew right away it would be the perfect location for our next restaurant.” “ In a way, it is a thank you for those who have driven over the hill to the Westside to dine at our seven other family-owned restaurants for so long,” added Tanino. Prepared by chefs Tanino Drago, Giacomino Drago and Marco Pizzola, The Panzanella menu includes many of the Drago classics such as Tortelloni di Zucca, homemade tortelloni stuffed with pumpkin in a sage cream sauce, Risotto al Nero di Seppie, Carnaroli rice with squid ink, shrimp, scallops and calamari; and Panna Cotta con Frutti di Bosco, creamy custard with mixed fresh berries. Additional specialties include Baccala Mantecato, a salted cod fish mousse with grilled polenta; Fegato D’Oca al Mosta, sautéed foie gras with grilled Trevisian radicchio and mosto sauce; Strozzapreti Con Ragout di Piovra, homemade pasta with octopus ragu; and Costolette D’Agnello Scottadito, grilled Colorado lamb chops with a white balsamic mint sauce. With the floor and operations led by the congenial Calogero Drago, all guests enter to the familiar face and warm welcome that is a signature aspect of Drago dining. Sophisticated yet comforting cooking, a well-chosen wine list and now a convenient location have made Panzanella an instant hit. Located in the heart of Sherman Oaks, Panzanella possesses a warm and inviting atmosphere. A decorative bar graces the entry and a two-sided open dining area has comfortably spaced tables, banquets and generous booths. The restaurant has three private rooms that seat 20 guests each and can be opened up to one large room that seat 70. With a total dining area capable of seating 140, Panzanella offers full-service event planning and catering for private parties, corporate luncheons and dinners both at the restaurant and off-premises. Panzanella is open from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday for lunch and 5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday for dinner. Friday – Saturday their dinner hours are extended to 11:00 p.m. Valet parking is available and the dress is casual to elegant. Panzanella accepts most major credit cards. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant directly at (818) 784-4400.


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Travel tips of the week

--- Star-Gazing ---

By Jean Strauber, Travel Editor Last week I took a trip to the Palomar Observatory with a group from Los Angeles Valley College. The trip was arranged through Good Times Travel. I want to say, to begin with, how impressed I was with their tour director Dustin Bordagaray. It was an early morning sojourn. We met at Valley College at 7:10 a.m., boarded our coach and found out that our assigned seats are given out in order of booking your tour. The cost is $79. About an hour-and-a-half out we stopped at Tom’s Farm Stand. The site began as Tom’s Fruit Stand and Sweet Shoppe. You’ll also find The Home Store, the Craft Fair and two restaurants -- Tom’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers and Senor Tom’s Mexican Restaurant. But at the early morning hour that we were there only the Craft Fair and the Fruit Stand & Sweet Shoppe were open. A number of us bought snacks. We re-boarded the comfortable motor coach and were on our way. We passed the San Antonia de Pala mission and the Pala Casino and Resort as we sped along the highway. I was so impressed with the appearance of the Pala Casino and Resort that upon my return home I made reservations for a visit. We continued through the rolling hills of the Pauma Valley, passing ranches with horses, llamas, sheep and goats as the bus drove along the climbing highway to the top of the mountain and the observatory resting in the Cleveland National Forest. When you first enter the

grounds of the observatory you’ll stop at the Greenway Visitor Center and Gift Shop, where there is a small museum filled with photographs taken by the telescopes at the Palomar Observatory. One photograph shows the Showmaker-Levy comet slamming into Jupiter and some show galaxies millions of light years away. Absolutely awesome. You’ll find an exact replica of Isaac Newton’s first reflecting telescope and a Warren Tome Standard, a vibrating wire astronomical clock that helped astronomers to keep accurate “star time” for years. Across from the gift shop are the Weber Picnic Grounds, named after Gus Weber who was one of the workmen on the mountain in the 1940s. He planted the giant sequoias and California incense-cedars that tower over the Visitor Center. When picnicking or strolling on the path to the observatory you might hear an acorn woodpecker’s loud laughing call. Palomar’s other woodpecker is the Nuttall woodpecker. You might be lucky to see a few of the native band-tailed pigeons, from which Palomar derives its name. Do stay on the walkway for you might find rattlesnakes lurking beneath the western bracken ferns that blanket the meadow. Our bus driver drove some of us to the Big Dome while others chose to stroll along the path. We were greeted by one

of the astronomers who works at Palomar, Steve Clark. There are quite a few astronomers here, some from Cal Tech and others who are visitors from universities from around the world. Accommodations have been built to house these visitors because the astronomers make their observations during the night. Besides the astronomers who greet visitors, there are volunteer docents who escort visitors around the Big Dome. The dome is kept at night time temperature to protect the mirror. Clark related the history of the making of the mirror. He shared with us how one man, George Hale, was instrumental in getting the funds for the telescope but did not live to see the fruition of his dream to build the world’s largest telescope. Hale’s motto was “Make no small plans, Dream no small dreams.” He was the one that built the 100inch Hooker Telescope at Mt. Wilson in Pasadena. Some surprising facts about the telescope that I learned (and I’ll only relate a very few so you’ll be piqued enough to make the trip to Palomar) are: 1) The mirror is made of Pyrex glass (yep, just like the Pyrex baking pan you have in your cupboard). 2) It took nearly a month to melt the glass needed for the mirror, and the cooling period was about 10 months. 3) The mirror was in Cal Tech’s optical shop for 11-1/2 years partly due to World War II. 4) There are now cameras that take photographs of what the telescope sees in the night sky. The astronomer sits in a room

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-- Destination Of The Week -“Lilikoi Inn, Kona, Hawaii”

The Lilikoi Inn is situated on three unspoiled acres of lush Kona Coffee Country on the west side of Hawaii’s “Big Island.” All of the rooms come complete with a private bathroom, wireless Internet access, cable television, relaxing decor, a private entrance and a full breakfast. Each room also comes with access to our relaxing hot tub, a convenient laundry area, as well as our newly remodeled gourmet guest kitchen. We serve all meals on our beautiful lanai (Hawaiian covered porch), which has expansive views of the worldfamous Kona Coast. Additionally, the property has an abundance of lilikoi (the Hawaiian word for passion fruit), which guests are welcome to pick! About the hosts -- Shai and Trina (pictured right) are originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where they ran a bustling Cafe and Catering company for 25 years. Upon their move to Hawaii’s “Big Island,” they discovered the tranquil artist’s village of Holualoa, nestled just above the larger town of Kailua-Kona. With perfect weather and serene tropical surroundings, they knew that it was unfair to keep their new home all to themselves, so they look forward to welcoming you with a cup of Kona coffee - grown just outside your door! Shai is a trained chef with a broad range of culinary talent. Having lived and traveled in Brazil, Israel and Thailand, Shai combines his love of food from these regions with his creativity, to prepare sumptuous daily breakfasts, gourmet dinners or picnic lunches fit for any occasion - a very special treat, so let him know if you’re interested while you’re here. Along with food, Trina and Shai have a passion for languages. Shai speaks five and Trina teaches part time language classes in Spanish, Hebrew, French, and English. Along with ensuring smooth operations and comfort at the Inn, Trina is often accompanied by her quiet and loving dog, Teddy. So if you miss your pet while you’re away, we’ve got you covered. “We welcome you to our home and look forward to sharing it with you!” –Trina and Shai. (E Komo Mai – Welcome! Phone: 808-333-5539 or lilikoiinn.com.) on a comfortable chairs, turns on his computer and is now able to view the night sky. He directs the telescope operator to move the telescope this way and that, depending on what he wants to observe that night. 5) Biggest surprise of all was that the telescope operator is not an astronomer. After about an hour -hour and half (there were lots and lots of questions) we re-boarded the bus and took off for the Lazy

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(Continued from page 1) -- •Recommended: Hike the two-mile round-trip 1871 Trail to Ki‘ilae Village, where inhabitants lived traditionally from the sea until the 1930s. Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park -- This 1,160-acre coastal park, with its white sand a stark contrast to the surrounding black lava rock landscape, reveals how an early Hawaiian settlement survived on the rugged Kona coast. The Visitor Center is the place to start with info about special programs, guided tours and the history of this ancient place, including the sophisticated aquaculture and environmentally sound harvesting methods the ancients used. •Heiau (sacred temple) ruins give silent testament to the rich spiritual life that was so closely aligned with natural forces.•Petroglyphs carved into the lava rock give hard evidence of life long ago with images of canoes, turtles, family, and symbols of birth.•Fishponds and Fishtraps show how the people here corralled and farmed the sea without taking more than they needed – and how Hawaiians today still do. •Wildlife that visitors often see includes honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), native shore birds and sometimes a Hawaiian monk seal sunning on the shore. •Recommended: Walk the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail from Kaloko fishpond to ‘Ai‘ōpio fishtrap, about two miles of coastal and cultural splendor. Pu‘ukoholā National Historic Site -- This imposing, beautifully restored heiau – one of the largest in Hawai‘i – was built on the North Kohala Coast in 1790 and 1791 to fulfill a royal prophecy. Kamehameha the Great was advised by his kahuna (priest) to build and dedicate Pu‘ukoholā Heiau to the war god Kūkailimoku to help in his efforts to unite the Hawaiian Islands. Kamehameha ultimately fulfilled the kahuna’s prophecy when he united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. •Lava rocks used to build the massive structure are said to have been passed hand-by-hand in a human chain all the way from Pololū Valley, some 25 miles away. •A new Visitor Center features a non-profit bookstore, videos, fascinating exhibits and a small museum. •Pu‘ukoholā (“hill of the whale”), is also a scenic spot to look for humpback whales during winter and spring. •A walking tour of the 86-acre park reveals more historic spots: the ruins of Mailekini Heiau (built in the 1500s), Hale o Kapuni (a submerged heiau dedicated to the shark gods) and the homestead of John Young, a British sailor who became a valuable aid to King Kamehameha the Great. •Recommended: From the shoreline at Pelekane, see if you can spy the blacktip reef sharks that are often sighted first thing in the morning. Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail -- This historic 175-mile trail, which runs through each of Hawai‘i Island’s four national parks and through part of the state Nā Ala Hele Trail System, is a “living trail” that remains in use and is cared for today by its descendants. Connecting, reconnecting and enhancing connections of families and communities with ancient and historic ties to the trail is necessary for successful community stewardship and authentic visitor experiences of the trail. •Ancient Hawaiian settlement sites, fishpond remnants and stone fishing shrines are visible along segments of the trail. •Petroglyphs of iconic canoes, turtles, people and symbols of birth are carved into the smooth pāhoehoe lava rock. • Natural wonders include anchialine (brackish water) ponds, near-shore reefs teeming with sealife, dramatic pali (cliffs), native sea turtles, migratory birds and endangered endemic species of plants and animals. •Recommended: Find the trail at each of the four national parks on the island. It runs through them all! Getting Here: It’s now easier than ever to explore all five of Hawai‘i Island’s national park units! For Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, fly into the island’s east side for utmost ease and less driving time. United Airlines offers daily nonstop service from Los Angeles to Hilo International Airport and weekly flights from San Francisco to Hilo on Saturdays. Other nonstop flights on major carriers serve the Kona International Airport on the island’s west side, which is closer to Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau, Kaloko-Honokōhau, Pu‘ukoholā and entry points for the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. All major carriers and interisland aircraft provide connecting flights from Honolulu and the neighbor islands. (Check out www.vannuysnewspress.com)

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The newest course at PGA WEST and the only Greg Norman-designed golf course in the Coachella Valley is aptly described as being very “challenging but fair.” Sporting only 68 acres of lush manicured turf, 102 white crushed marble bunkers and shark blue water coming into play on 9 holes, this 7,200-yard course offers a truly “Outback” experience that will entice you back time and time again. Resting in a prehistoric ocean bed 40-feet below sea level and surrounded by an immense crescent of terra cotta mountains, the course teems with purple, white and yellow wildflowers, while the mix of tall and short native grasses produce different shades of green running almost to silver. The grass covers just 60 acres of tight fairways that taper toward the greens with nine ponds blanketing 18 acres. The demands of this target-style course are a challenge for players of all levels. “I’m a very intense person. When I go after something, I want to go after it with everything I have. I want to push myself to the edge.” – Greg Norman (Check out www.pgawest.com for more information)

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Opened in Summer 2010, Redfish offers affordable french-inspired coastal cuisine and drink in a modern, casual, and original setting with one of the most spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean on the Coast. Chef Patrick Zulick delivers creative and unexpected twists on french influenced Pacific Northwest coastal cuisine. Redfish serves only the highest quality product, and we strive to source from local farmers and fishermen as often as possible. Chef Zulick continuously seeks out local and regional partnerships with family producers and artisan purveyors to ensure fresh, unprocessed foods that pay respect to the environment, our providers and our clientele. Redfish provides an excellent dining experience for intimate affairs, families, as well as parties for an exceptional value. Beginning May, 2011, Redfish Restaurant and Hawthorne Gallery will host Port Orford’s Farmer’s Market in the Hawthorne Gallery sculpture garden, adjacent to Redfish. Come support our local produce, seafood, and meat purveyors, Saturdays from 10am 2pm. Please contact Jeff Mecredy with questions or to become involved. All are welcome! (jeff@hawthornegallery. com -- 541.366.2266) -- (RedFish 517 Jefferson Street . Port Orford . Oregon . 97465 -- 541.366.2200 -- Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm) About Port Orford -- Our identity and heritage have been based on our natural resources. We overlook the mighty Pacific. Rivers, wetlands, creeks, beaches and green bluffs all make up the wild and windy landscape. Our residents appreciate the community’s environment with fresh air, changing cloud formations all the way to the horizon, gorgeous sunsets, a mild climate and dark night sky. Like many small American towns, Port Orford is in a time of transition between our history and our future, trying to find the best way to shape development to protect and enhance our unique nature. Our past is rooted in fishing and timber, particularly the beautiful but endangered Port Orford cedar. The timber has faded, but the fishing remains a vital part of our community.

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