February 2013


Wiggle While You Work


Vermiculture (worm cultivation) has emerged as one of the hottest trends in composting and garden maintenance. Gardeners have long been aware of the value of the common earthworm, aerating the soil as it tunnels and leaving behind rich castings. But many are harnessing the process by creating composting beds overseen (or “underseen!”) by the red wiggler worm.


Annual Camellia Show


Brighten up your winter week-end by visiting the Camellia Show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Day Hall on Saturday, February 16th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 17th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the show is free with your ABG entry. This beautiful display of blooms is sponsored by the North Georgia Camellia Society, a member of the American Camellia Society.


Center for Puppetry Arts Presents Tales of Edgar Allen Poe


Poe’s tortured psyche is resurrected among the ruins of a fallen house where mysterious spirits bedevil the dead and it’s always a midnight dreary. Gothic designs, haunting music, and shadowy figures breathe life into Poe’s tapestry of terror, weaving his classics The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Bells, The Black Cat, and The Cask of Amontillado with his lesser known works, Berenice, The Oval Portrait, M.S. Found in a Bottle, and Lenore.


Host an Exchange Student


World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a highly respected, non-profit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea, and the former Soviet Republics. Students are already awaiting word on their host families for the 2013-2014 academic school year (or semester). Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager living thousands of miles from home. Couples, single parents, and families with or without children in the home are all encouraged to apply.


Help for Pill-Finicky Pets


Maybe you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but a new trick with a treat on your part can help your dog—and cat—get older, healthier and happier. Here’s how. When you need to administer medication to your pets or improve their diet with a supplement, you can now make it seem like a treat. That’s because a new line of veterinarian-tested and -endorsed pet care products takes the difficulty and danger out of giving medicine to pill-finicky pets with a safe way to split or crush pills, then turn them into delicious homemade cat and dog treats.


Corrina’s Corner: A Pet Food Revolution


Corrina’s Corner, a raw meat pet food store, is the newest shop to open in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur. Jacques Duplantier, a lawyer, is the sole proprietor and operator of the store. The pet food store is named after Duplantier’s dog, Corrina. On his website, Duplantier shared that he found Corrina at a local rescue in Minnesota where in poor condition and ‘totally lethargic.‘


Sugar Cookies on a Stick


You and your family can have fun indoors by creating these tasty and charming treats. Kid-friendly Sugar Cookies on a Stick are totally customizable and perfect winter treats. The secret to making these tasty sweets is to use Karo Syrup. In cookies, it helps maintain freshness, and in marshmallows, it helps control sugar crystallization, which keeps them smooth and creamy.


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