Life

Best pruning job makes trees and shrubs look like they’re untouched

June is a good time to grab the pruners, gloves and first aid kits and launch into the summer pruning chores. By now, many landscape plants have put on most of their new growth.

Second week of June is time for plants’ second helpings

It’s the second week of June and time for second helpings. If you dutifully fertilized your container gardens, hanging baskets and vegetable garden last month, now is the time to give all your hungry plants another ration of plant food. Like leggy teenagers, your annuals, perennials and vegetables are having a growth spurt and crave nutrients. Your roses are so famished for more fertilizer that they feel faint with hunger.

  • Jun 9, 2009

New book-on-tape just might be “paradise” to the listener

“Eve: A Novel of the First Woman” by Elissa Elliott, c.2009, Brilliance Audio, $38.99, 13 CDs/approximately 16 hours.

  • Jun 9, 2009

The Compleat Home Gardener Marianne Binetti Time for planting bean, peppers and others

Marianne Binetti will appear at 2 p.m. June 13, addressing “Dirt Cheap Garden Tips and Garden Design“ at the Seike Garden at Highline/SeaTac Botanical Garden. You’ll be treated to music and artists in action at gardens on the tour. Call 206-241-5786 for tickets and information.

Boys have secret lives of their own

“The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens” by Malina Saval, c. 2009, Basic Books, $25.95, 257 pages, includes index.

Dr. Suzanne Ingrao with Mary Bridge Pediatric Care at Good Samaritan talks over summer safety with a young patient.

Summer not the time to vacation from safety

Spring is the time of year when children begin to think about their summer days of freedom – and summer is a carefree time. But for parents and others who care for children, summer is anything but carefree. The warm weather brings water play and other outdoor activities which demand close supervision, monitoring use of protective gear and teaching personal safety.

  • Jun 2, 2009
Dr. Suzanne Ingrao with Mary Bridge Pediatric Care at Good Samaritan talks over summer safety with a young patient.

Children with flu or colds should be kept at home

As Seattle and King County continue to monitor H1N1 influenza (swine flu) in the community, officials are finding increasing numbers of school-age children in King County are becoming ill with more flu-like illness at schools. These signs indicate an emerging problem that requires continued work by parents, schools and child care to reduce the spread of infections.

  • Jun 2, 2009

Creating your own Secret Garden just takes imagination

Marianne Binetti will appear at 2 p.m. June 13, addressing “Dirt Cheap Garden Tips and Garden Design“ at the Seike Garden at Highline/SeaTac Botanical Garden. You’ll be treated to music and artists in action at gardens on the tour. Call 206-241-5786 for tickets and information.

  • Jun 2, 2009
Gallery 2009 debuts new, “wild” exhibit

Gallery 2009 debuts new, “wild” exhibit

Helena Poortvliet, an Auburn resident, opens her latest exhibit, “The Wild West – World Tour,” in the city of Enumclaw’s Gallery 2009 today, Wednesday. Her work will continue on display through June 30.

  • Jun 1, 2009
Gallery 2009 debuts new, “wild” exhibit

Oh, boy – this one gets inside the mind of the teen

“The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens” by Malina Saval, c. 2009, Basic Books, $25.95, 257 pages, includes index.

  • Jun 1, 2009

Dare to dream, create and believe

It’s Mother’s Day as I write this. I just sat outside in my robe under my massive lilac tree that’s heavy in bloom and drank my tea. It was a quiet, private morning moment. The sun was glorious. A hummingbird was not humming but blasting me with scolding bird jargon while I sipped my tea. Other birds sang their morning songs. I not only drank my tea, but drank in the moment. Sometimes the simplest, uncomplicated moments in life are the very best. The lesson of gratitude is re-taught to me during moments like this morning as I sit and think of my greatest personal creation, my son Bill.

High school quartet to sing

The Harmony Kings’ 48th annual spring performance “The Tonight Show” is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 6 and 2 p.m. June 7 at the Auburn Performing Arts Center. Several Plateau area residents sing with this popular barbershop harmony group.

  • May 26, 2009

Poet, writer set as speak

Poet Phyllis Williams will speak about poetry and memoir writing at the Plateau Area Writers Association quarterly meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 9 in the Enumclaw Public Library.

  • May 26, 2009

Chorale brings Northwest to life

Cascade Foothills Chorale is preparing to entertain Plateau listeners with its glorious harmonies.

  • May 26, 2009
The Lion

GRCC shares student pieces

Paintings by Enumclaw artist Helma Raycher and her students will be on display at the Green River Community College Enumclaw Campus gallery through Aug. 27.

  • May 26, 2009
The Lion

Country western singer Harris hits stage in finale

The Enumclaw Expo Center and Evenings on the Plateau series finalize the season with country singer Johnathan Harris at 7:30 p.m. June 13.

  • May 26, 2009
Part of the evening’s activities at the Wake Up to Poetry! Contest was for contestants to share their work.

Young poets leave their mark on professionals

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Friends of the Buckley Pierce County Library recently hosted its fifth annual Wake Up to Poetry! Contest.

  • May 26, 2009
Part of the evening’s activities at the Wake Up to Poetry! Contest was for contestants to share their work.

Dare to dream, create and believe

It’s Mother’s Day as I write this. I just sat outside in my robe under my massive lilac tree that’s heavy in bloom and drank my tea. It was a quiet, private morning moment. The sun was glorious. A hummingbird was not humming but blasting me with scolding bird jargon while I sipped my tea. Other birds sang their morning songs. I not only drank my tea, but drank in the moment. Sometimes the simplest, uncomplicated moments in life are the very best. The lesson of gratitude is re-taught to me during moments like this morning as I sit and think of my greatest personal creation, my son Bill.

  • May 26, 2009

High school quartet to sing

The Harmony Kings’ 48th annual spring performance “The Tonight Show” is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 6 and 2 p.m. June 7 at the Auburn Performing Arts Center. Several Plateau area residents sing with this popular barbershop harmony group.

Poet, writer set as speak

Poet Phyllis Williams will speak about poetry and memoir writing at the Plateau Area Writers Association quarterly meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 9 in the Enumclaw Public Library.