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Get Growing: Fall rituals -- Finding next year’s dahlias

As I write this, the autumnal equinox is upon us – the day of the year when light and dark are served in equal measures. It’s the perfect reminder that fall is coming and with it my annual fall rituals. Rituals may be too heady a word. These rituals don’t involve dancing in the moonlight as much as scouring plant catalogs for seeds, spring bulbs and dahlias.

Tree Talk: Eucalyptus - making its way north

Along with kangaroos, koala bears and Nicole Kidman, list eucalyptus as one of the great gifts from Australia to the world. Nearly all the 800 species of this remarkable genus are native to The Great Down Under.

Get Growing: Drought-ready plants: the award winners

In June, we wrote about weatherproof gardens mentioning a trial under way at the University of Washington along with five other Western universities studying “climate-ready” plants.

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The journey continues of Sky Cries Mary

It's hard to believe that a band conceived from a Jimi Hendrix song has become something of a legend themselves. When Sky Cries Mary takes to the Nuemos stage on Saturday, Aug. 9 - their first Seattle gig since February - the six-piece psychedelic trancers will be just a few months shy of their 20th anniversary.

Makeover for Met Market?

Plans submitted for retail/residential project include popular QA store

A Master Use Permit application has been filed with the city to build a mixed-use project in the 1900 block of Queen Anne Ave. N., which is the current home of a Metropolitan Market, an apartment building and two homes.

Robots in the operating room

Local surgeon brings momentum to robotic surgery

This fall I attended a lecture at Swedish Medical Center by James R. Porter, M.D., a director of surgical robotics, laparoscopic surgery and the Robotic Fellowship Program at Swedish Medical Center. Porter is also a nationally recognized expert in prostate surgery.

Robots in the operating room

Local surgeon brings momentum to robotic surgery

This fall I attended a lecture at Swedish Medical Center by James R. Porter, M.D., a director of surgical robotics, laparoscopic surgery and the Robotic Fellowship Program at Swedish Medical Center. Porter is also a nationally recognized expert in prostate surgery.

Diversions

KIDD STUFFOn the Boards/Behnke Center for Contemporary Performances presents Kidd Pivot: Lost Action, at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 through Saturday, Nov. 22. Tickets start at $18. Crystal Pite returns to On the Boards with seven performers from her company. For more information, visit, www.ontheboards.org or call 217-9888. 100 W. Roy St.

Nonprofits feeling the strain

More volunteers, donations needed at Helpline, other venues

Nonprofits throughout the country are having a tough time: more people are calling for help and fewer volunteers are surfacing to help them.

'Friends' announce grants for Seattle Public Library

The Friends celebrated Friends of Libraries USA's third annual "National Friends of Libraries Week" late last month and president Mimi Winslow introduced the 2008 grants Winslow also thanked the many volunteers and members of the Friends for their efforts in volunteering at the bi-annual Book Sale and the FriendShop at Central.

Much more to Scotland than just haggis

Linda of London

In mid November the Seattle branch of the English Speaking Union hosted a VIP speaker at a reception attended by over fifty ESU members including several Queen Anne and Magnolia residents. The speaker, Brian Monteith was on the last stop of his tour of the West Coast ESU branches comprising region VIII. His final stop was in our fair city before returning to Scotland.

Much more to Scotland than just haggis

Linda of London

In mid November the Seattle branch of the English Speaking Union hosted a VIP speaker at a reception attended by over fifty ESU members including several Queen Anne and Magnolia residents. The speaker, Brian Monteith was on the last stop of his tour of the West Coast ESU branches comprising region VIII. His final stop was in our fair city before returning to Scotland.

Corner Poets

For New Canaan

I hate your quaint little "downtown"littered with antique shops,luxury cars and SUVswith Ivy League stickers,an oak tree every quarter blockas if the sidewalks were designed by an obsessive compulsive mathematician.

Police Blotter

Prowl of the weekAn unlocked Jeep was prowled in the garage of a home in the 1400 block of Fifth Ave. W. sometime between midnight Nov. 22 and 4 the next afternoon.The victims figured out something was up after one of them spotted a duffel bag that didn't belong to them lying in the driveway, according to the report, which notes a bunch of stuff in the Jeep's center console had been taken out and left on the front seat. The only thing that appeared to be missing was the garage-door opener, though.The victim who spotted it has a theory about the duffel bag, according to a police report filed the next day. He figures motion-sensor lights probably spooked the prowler, who took off in such rush that he - or she - left the bag behind.Police found the duffel bag contained "multiple burglary tools" and some personal items. It was placed into evidence.