News and Notes (10/7/14)


The Greenery Nursery and Garden Shop in downtown Turlock will host a free seminar on drought-tolerant landscaping at 10 a.m. Saturday. Wendy Proud of Mountain States Wholesale Nursery, based in Arizona, will speak on incorporating low-water plants into gardens. She has been featured in Sunset magazine, on the DIY Network and in other media. People who attend will be entered in a prize drawing and also get a 10 percent discount card for the weekend. They should register in advance by calling (209) 632-4212, visiting www.greenerynsy.com/events or dropping by the nursery, 742 E. Olive Ave.



Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning a prescribed fire in Yosemite Valley in the Taft Toe area. It will start in mid-October and is dependent on weather conditions. Though it is a dry year, Yosemite Valley recently received one inch of rain, and Taft Toe burn area fuel moistures are within the parameters for prescribed fires. Specifically, the burn area is along Southside Drive between El Capitan Bridge and the Sentinel Beach Picnic Area. The total burn area is 111 acres, and the fire is expected to last two to three days. The purpose of the fire is to thin small mixed conifer trees and reduce dead woody debris. It will also reduce the amount of fuel buildup, which enables fire to reach the tops of mature trees and threaten mature California black oak trees and saplings. Smoke from the fire may be visible throughout the park, but may be more evident in Yosemite Valley, Foresta and the El Portal area. For more information on the prescribed burn, or Yosemite’s fire program, visit www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm.


The Livingston Lions Club has five new collection points for used eyeglasses in Livingston: Rite Aid, Livingston Medical Center, True Value, Livingston Fitness and Liberty Market. Take any used eyeglasses to the boxes and they will be recycled for people in need around the world. Call Jill at (209) 489-7533 for more information.