Lake Forest’s Living Green Nursery–free classes

Red Baron peach tree blossom

Living Green Nursery has launched their new website, and it’s lovely.  Here are the class offerings for the rest of March through April.  For May and June classes, visit their site.

March 26: Square Foot Gardening – Special guest Greg Stevenson
Square foot gardening is the easiest and most efficient way to grow flowers and vegetables, especially in urban environments.  Join us and learn the secrets of success.

April 2: Edible Landscapes – Justin Galias
Make your garden into a culinary landscape with plants that are both beautiful and have edible parts.  Come learn how to make your backyard your own farmer’s market with Living Green Nursery.

April 9: Tomatoes and Warm Season Vegetables – Erick  Lux
Everyone loves vegetables, and they’re even better organic and locally grown. With Living Green Nursery’s help you can grow your own! Join us for an exciting and informative foray into the world of this season’s vegetables.

April 16: Moss Baskets & Spring Color- Paul Thornton
Nothing says “welcome to Spring” like floral color.  Living Green will show you wonderful ways to use color in your garden. From moss baskets to color bowls—say hello to Spring with Living Green Nursery.

April 23: Fruit Trees – Justin Galias
Fruit Trees provide the benefits of ornamental trees, with the added benefit of being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor.   Come find out how you can grow your own delicious fruits at home.

April 30: Shade Gardening – Paul  Thornton
Shady areas can be challenging, but Living Green Nursery will show you solutions to enable the growth of flourishing landscapes.  Come and learn the variety of durable flowing plants and decorative foliage you should choose to ensure year-round luscious growth in trouble spots.

Location:  25290 Jeronimo Rd., Lake Forest (former location of Laguna Hills Nursery)

Phone:  (949) 768-4733

Hours:  Monday – Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 9am-4pm

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Can’t-miss talk by 9/11 widow, author of “Message, Signs, Visits & Premonitions from Loved Ones Lost on 9/11”

Bonnie McEneaney, will be speaking in Laguna Woods on Saturday, April 2, 2011, 9:30am-11am, discussing her book, for which she interviewed two hundred 9/11 families.  Bonnie’s husband, Eamon McEneaney, was a senior vice president at Cantor Fitzgerald when he was killed in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.

Bonnie is a board member of Voices of September 11th, the leading family advocacy group for support of families impacted by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and is featured in their 9/11 Living Memorial Video.

9/11 Living Memorial Video – 2010 from VOICES of September 11th on Vimeo.

She lives with her four children in New England.

Cost:  $3

Address:  Laguna Woods, Clubhouse 7, 24111 Moulton Pkwy, Laguna Woods 92637

For more information, call Elizabeth at 949-707-1633.

Milo’s Cafe video. Sell-out dog/human crowd!

Watch the heart-warming video taken yesterday for Milo’s Cafe opening day on Lake Forest Patch. Can’t wait to take my two little ones, and try some of that delicious looking healthy food!  The rescue groups were there also with beautiful, loveable-looking, wanting-to-go-home-with-you dogs.

Throwing a birthday party? Three PERFECT parks and why

Even though I don’t have children, I find myself enjoying and learning from the mom-focused articles written by Sharlene Earnshaw,  a freelance writer for the blog, Lake Forest Patch.  I just read one of her articles that I know will be of particular interest for those of you with children or grandchildren, “Three Perfect Parks for Throwing a Party”.

If you’re not already a subscriber, I recommend registering for the Lake Forest Patch, which serves Lake Forest, Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills. There’s a sign-up box in the upper right corner of the site.  There are also Patch blogs for Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Aliso Viejo, and Laguna Niguel. Find their links at the bottom of the Lake Forest Patch page.

BTW, for children or adults prone to cold sores, make sure to a apply lip balm with a high SPF factor if there will be lots of exposure to the sun.  If the early warning symptom of a cold sore occurs inspite of the lip balm, make sure to have pocket size Cold Sores Begone™ in your pocket or purse — it will prevent the eruption. It’s available online, or locally at Mother’s Market, Henry’s Marketplace, Whole Foods Market, and Sprouts.

Whole Foods Market coming to Laguna Niguel

Now I’m happy.  One of  my two favorite health food stores, Whole Foods Market, is coming to the hood.  My other favorite is Mother’s Market.  Whole Foods is a beautiful store, having  a more ‘corporate’ big-chain feel,  while Mother’s Market has the charm of an independent, although they have expanded to seven stores from their original store in Costa Mesa.

Whole Foods Market has leased the space formerly occupied by Tall Mouse, a crafts store, located on Aliso Creek Rd. between Alicia and La Paz. There’s a Soup Plantation restaurant in the shopping center.  It’s due to open Winter 2011.  I don’t know if that means any day now or toward the end of year, but I’ll keep you posted as I learn more.