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Megan Lynch
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I wrote a reappraisal of carob for California Rare Fruit Growers' member magazine "Fruit Gardener". I hear that's starting to reach email boxes and snail mail boxes starting this week.

It's meant to be an overview of carob, with some general growing advice. I hope to write some more detailed articles on carob and its history in CA in the future.

If you're a fruit gardener, CRFG is a great group to belong to, especially if you have a local chapter near you. Almost everything I know about fruit, I learned via CRFG.

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I've been hearing a lot of "Hooray for Hollywood" instrumentals today. If you want to hear the lyrics, I got 'em.

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Hello, Lung Lovers, wherever you are... #JeffWeCan #Marlboro @lastweektonight

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I was asked to write up my experience making carob-infused rum for the first time. It won't be the last time I make it...

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This is an incomplete list of CRFG scion exchanges. I await more detailed information from some of our chapters but have compiled what I have in the meantime.

===The way things are with Asian Citrus Psyllid in the US assume that most chapters DO NOT want you to bring any citrus plant material. Contact the chapter if you want to know for sure: ====

Jan 3 - Scion Cutting work day (CRFG members only) at Emma Prusch Park, 647 S King Rd San Jose, CA 95116 Please bring your clean pruning shears (hit the blades with some alcohol or bleach) and something for potluck lunch. 9am - 3pm

Jan 8 (Thursday) - Inland Empire Scion Exchange 7pm - 9pm

Jan 10th. Santa Clara Valley Chapter Exchange, Emma Prusch Park, Multicultural Center, 647 S King Rd, San Jose, CA 95116
10:00 a.m.: Members enter with current copy of the Fruit Gardener with membership expiration date.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: General Public. Contact: ‪‬, or
Grafting demonstrations at 11:15 and 12:30.

Jan 11th, Monterey Bay Chapter Exchange, near Santa Cruz at Cabrillo College Horticulture Center, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003 Noon to 3 p.m. Free for CRFG members, $5 for public. Contact: Michael Kusiak, 831-332-4699,

Jan 11th, Golden Gate Chapter Exchange, Ed Roberts Campus, next to Ashby BART, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley CA 94703. Noon to 3 p.m. Hundreds of varieties of fruit trees, shrubs and vines, will be available for propagation, in addition to rootstocks for sale, grafting classes, custom grafting service, plant drawing, silent auction, and more. Friendly expert advice for all your fruity questions- beginners are welcome! more info:‪‬ or contact: John Valenzuela 415-246-8834,

Jan 16th - North San Diego - 7pm Mira Costa College, Student Center, 1 Bernard Dr., Oceanside. Parking lot 3B, no permit req'd Friday eves. NO PATENTED OR CITRUS SCIONS ALLOWED.

Jan 17th 9am - 11am Orange County Chapter, Millennium Barn at the Orange County Fairgrounds. NO citrus scions or buds allowed! ‪

Jan 18th, Sacramento Exchange, Cooperative Extension Offices, 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, CA 95827-3823 10 am to 1 pm. Contact: Drew Bohan 916-607-7214,
Members only set up 8-10
Members only 10-10:30
Public 10:30-1:00
Closed at 1:00 clean up till 2:00
La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Rd. Carmichael 95608
Membership fee/entrance fee $5.00

Jan  24th, Redwood Empire Chapter Exchange, New Venue: Santa Rosa Veteran’s Building, 1351 Maple Avenue, just across the street from the county fairgrounds. Doors open at 9 a.m. (free) for CRFG members, non-members are allowed in at 10 ($5), and the festivities end at 1 p.m. Contact: Phil Pieri, 707-795-6574, phil_p_2001 at ‪

Jan 25th - LA Chapter - Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino starting at 10am.

Wednesday, January 28th San Diego City Chapter Annual Scion Exchange
7:00 p.m.
Balboa Park
Casa Del Prado, Room 101
Please label all wood with variety, not just "Peach"
I usually also like to include a chill hour estimate and ripening time on the bag: ex: "Bonita Peach, 300, early August"

Jan 31st - Sequoia Chapter, 10am to noon. Sequoia Chapter Exchange 10 a.m. to noon 31497 Success Valley Drive, Porterville, CA 93257, Scionwood, Cuttings, Grafted Trees: One yr old trees in pots (nominal fee) grown by members, Admission: $5 Entitles you to 2 rootstocks and choice of scions; Sequoia CRFG members free; additional rootstocks $1 each, Grafting Class/Demo @ 10:30 a.m. by Master Grafter, Walter Thoma, Questions? Contact John at (661) 638-0209

Jan 31st, Mendocino Permaculture’s 30th annual Winter Abundance Workshop (including classes, Scion and Seed Exchange- all free) Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Hwy 128, Booneville, CA. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Mark Albert an official CRFG event, I think, but a lot of CRFG people attend.)

Feb 7, 9:30am Foothill Chapter, Los Angeles County Arboretum, The Palm Room, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia The easiest access is straight through the Gift Shop, then down the stairs to the right in the adjacent building.  You do not need to buy admission to the Arboretum to get in. Let them know you are going to the CRFG meeting.  ‪

Feb 14 - CRFG West LA Chapter - details TBA

Feb 21, Central Coast Chapter Scion Exchange & Grafting Party. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.  Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Crops Unit. Location: the Crops Unit at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Corner of Highland and Mt. Bishop Road... on campus. Free and open to the public. Free parking. Grafting supplies and four different rootstock will be on sale. Rain will not cancel this event. Six expert grafters will be demonstrating their favorite graft. One of them will graft avocado. No citrus scionwood allowed.  Clinic with 7 expert grafters teaching all afternoon. Avocado grafting included! Selected dormant rootstock and grafting supplies for sale. Free parking and admission! Contact: Joe Sabol, 805-544-1056,

Feb 28 - Texas Rare Fruit Growers of the Rio Grande Valley - 2pm @ The Valley Nature Center, 301 South Border Ave., Weslaco, TX 78599 Please bring scions, cuttings, and food for potluck refreshments.

March 7 - Houston Chapter - Caldwell’s Nursery in Richmond, Texas (same place we had the exchange last year). Important Note:
Do not bring any Seedlings or Plants to this exchange. We are planning a SEEDLING & PLANT Exchange for the 1st Saturday in April. This will be an opportunity to graft your scions from the scion exchange on to seedlings and other plants.

March 8 - Austin area TBA

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When I was growing up in Pasadena, there wasn't a lot of nightlife, even less if you were underage. Luckily, a friend introduced me to The Espresso Bar. It was the first place I ever saw espresso offered. They had a fantastic jukebox, hung local artists' work on the walls, and booked live acoustic music. I played there in the late '80s, right after recording my first demo. The Espresso Bar was a haven to me when I was in high school.

The founder of The Espresso Bar, like a lot of creative types, is not rolling in money. He needs dentures but can't afford the cost. He's started a crowdfunding campaign and is about halfway to his goal. It's not a huge amount so I think it's TOTALLY doable if people just kick in the cost of what they'd put towards coffee or a beer.

In fact, if you do and show me that you have , I will give you a code so you can download a digital copy of my album for free.  Help this guy put some teeth back in his grin. LET'S DO THIS, PEOPLE!

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Making myself an April Fool, I'll make "Songs the Brothers Warner Taught Me" available for free on Bandcamp for 24 hrs starting at midnight Pacific Daylight Time tonight.

If you've bought the album elsewhere, you might still want to download from Bandcamp for the extra bonus (non-WB) track. If you have friends you think would enjoy the album who don't own it yet, you might want to let them know.

Bandcamp has a tool to tweet it when you download so if you're on Twitter and can spare the time to hit that button, that would be fool --- I mean COOL!

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LA Music Academy

Mike DaSilva, who produced & recorded "Songs the Brothers Warner Taught Me" is also (even primarily) a talented luthier. CNN visited him in his luthierie to talk ukuleles.
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