MONDAY, JUNE 28, 1993 Valley Living THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To report local n«w« telephone Maureen Connor-Rice, 468-3526 Will movie interest translate into money? By The Associated Prsss Museum officials and researchers are hoping the dinosaur-size hype surrounding "Jurassic Park" will translate into a new era of paleontological prosperity. At the American Museum of Natural History, home to the world's largest dinosaur collection, organizers of a new exhibit have incorporated props from the new Steven Spielberg film in an effort to spark interest in a field that they say is as under-funded as it is over- hyped. Turn a comer in the dimly lit hall and you're face-to-face with the film's deadliest predator — an oversized velociraptor, jaws agape to expose rows of glistening teeth, three-clawed arms bent forward in pursuit of prey. Underfoot scampers a compsognathus, a house cat- size version of tyrannosaurus rex. And yes, at the end of the exhibit are the real fossils — including the skull of the first tyrannosaurus ever displayed. Dinosaur Society President Steven Gittelman, who helped create the exhibit, said he liked the film— particularly because it seems sure lo ignite interest in a field that he says has long been financially neglected. At the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont., fossil experts embrace the wide swath of publicity that the film has created, but are also hoping for more concrete results. "As much as everyone likes dinosaurs, no one contributes to it," said the museum's director, Art Wolf. "The craziness from 'Jurassic Park' is going to continue all summer. We hope it helps." Spielberg's production company, Amblin Entertainment, has already donated an undisclosed sum of money to further the research of Jack Homer, a Museum of the Rockies paleontologist who served as an adviser on the film and who was the model for a character in the film. More than 600 people have already applied to participate in dinosaur digs with Homer and his crew, and that number is now expected to swell. In Hays. Kan., the local state university timed an announcement of a donation aimed at housing a fossil collection to coincide with a special preview of the film. He turns furniture making into a craft Garth Miller: one of the reasons Mendocino County becoming known as the fine crafts center of California. is Garth Miller begins work on a piece of furniture. He makes heirloom-quality pieces and creates traditional Items which are functional In today's world. In one corner of the organized studio stands a 10-foot rococo wardrobe, exquisitely carved and burnished and looking every bit as though it was created in France 200 years ago. In another, a lovely Shaker sideboard is starting to take shape, its lines simple and its style classically American. Welcome to the Garth Miller Studio, one of the reasons that Mendocino County is becoming known as the fine crafts center of California. Garth Miller, 34, sells his heirloom-quality creations all over the state, primarily to Bay Area interior designers who commission pieces for clients with specific needs. Samples of his work are also shown locally at the Habitat on School Street or by appointment with Miller. "People come to me with a requirement and I make a recommendation on style," Miller says. "I adapt traditional styles to the functions of today." Miller was born and raised in Southern California's Palos Verdes and earned a degree hi industrial arts at Humboldt State. It was during his college years that he came to two key realizations: He wanted to make his home in Northern California, and he wanted to create functional items that were also beautiful. He started out building sailboats and went from that into carpentry and cabinet making. Those skills evolved into furniture making. "Each step had fewer and fewer rules," Miller says. "And each was more challenging. Now the challenge for me is talcing a style and translating it into handmade furniture." Over the last five years, Miller's business has grown to the point that he hired Bob Rasc- hein, a journeyman furniture maker, last year. Miller is now in the process of working with the City of Ukiah's Redevelopment Agency to find a site for a 5,000-square-foot facility that he has designed himself. "I want a creative environment for making; funu'ture^ sor, what I'll build will be almost the. antithesis of a factory," Miller says. "It will be laid out for individual craftspeople to produce individual pieces." He plans to add two experienced furniture makers to his team after his relocation. To make an appointment to see Miller's work, call 463-2210 or 462-6911. 'Zits' are not caused by dirt By The Associated Prsss Acne is a cause of distress for many teen-agers, but changing habits and knowing when to seek medical attention may make the problem easier to manage. Acne is a skin disease that has little to do with personal hygiene. Instead, blame it on hormonal changes and possibly other factors occurring during puberty. Acne affects the pilosebaceous glands, the combined hair follicles and sebaceous glands that supply the skin with oil. The disease occurs when the outflow duct of the gland is clogged by abnormally shedding cells in the lining of the duct. Acne can vary in severity from whiteheads and blackheads to severe cysts and nodules that can forrri under the skin. The blemishes are generally found in areas where the pilosebaceous glands are concentrated, such as the face, back and chest. Dirt does not cause acne. Nor is acne improved by frequent cleansing. But when washing, it is important to use a mild cleanser to avoid irritation that might further worsen acne. Astringents may be used to remove oil from skin that feels exceptionally greasy. Acne's link to diet is debatable. Researchers have found no scientific evidence that links the condition to specific foods. But some people insist that certain foods such as shellfish and nuts may aggravate the condition—and some doctors agree. Treatment of acne combines unplugging the duct along with fighting bacteria and inflammation. No matter how tempting, do not pop a pimple. Doing so can introduce oily material under the skin, worsening inflammation and increasing the risk of scarring. There are various over-the- counter medications that are effective. Two useful ingredients are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. These ingredients can help unplug a clogged duct and have an f * antibacterial * effect" <aff 'well. Use of over-the-'counter medications varies according to skin type and severity of acne. But generally, these products should not be used more than twice a day. If blemishes do not clear up after four to six weeks of using an over- the-counter product, or if there is extensive acne on the face, chest or back, medical attention should be sought. Home garden is source of high nutrition POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) — In a health- conscious age, with everybody told to eat more vegetables, a plain home gardener gets to look like a role model. Here's a person who's not only eating but growing those recommended daily servings, getting some exercise in the process and even enjoying the work. But among vegetable gardens, some pack more health than others. Lettuce, much as we love those tender leaves and crisp hearts, trails far behind in the vitamins race. A nutrition-savvy gardener thinks broccoli, more than lettuce or tomato, and may try growing sweet potatoes hi the North. Vitamin-rich dandelions get harvested from the lawn instead of trashed. Raw vegetables like carrots and spinach leaves achieve high billing. Now, nobody is going to stop growing tomatoes because some nutrition buff says they rank lower than the cabbage family. We crave the sweet taste of our own sun-ripened tomato and, if need be, we'll make do with broccoli from the supermarket to fill dietary recommendations. Of course, space and the number of mouths to feed play major roles. Obviously, a single person or a couple can do more with the same-sized garden than a family of four. This makes vegetable gardening a favorite pastime in retirement and a reason you see so many gray heads out in the bean patch. If we have the space, we'll plant broccoli without sacrificing tomatoes. Broccoli is an ideal garden crop because the plants keep producing all summer and deep into autumn. First, you harvest the large central heads. After that, smaller heads, or florets, keep coming from side shoots. You can also make second plantings in midsummer to get central heads in fall. Broccoli, an excellent source of fiber and vitamins A and C, is also a good source of calcium, phosphorus, iron and B vitamins. Recent studies have highlighted its role in prevention of some cancers. Broccoli relatives like kale, collards and Brussels sprouts also are highly nutritious. Sprouts, whose taste improves with frost, survive even zero temperatures. I've harvested them in the snow for Christmas dinner. To keep their best flavor you should beware of overcooking them. Long before modern science pinpointed the roles of carbohydrates and proteins, American Indians combined com and beans into healthful meals like succotash. These remain among our favorite garden crops. The big hype in com nowadays is varieties with long-keep sweetness, but this benefits supermarket shelf-life rather than the gardener. I put water on to boil, then go out and pick the ears and rush them to the pot. That's the kind of fresh sweetness gardeners enjoy. Green beans are sweet to the taste and elegant to the eye, but shell beans pack the proteins. Sure, you might say, but I can buy dry shell beans in sacks at the supermarket. True, but try growing a cranberry bean or a French flageolet and savor the buttery, nutty taste fresh from the pod. They're as easy to grow as green beans, but take a couple of weeks longer for the seeds to reach shell size. There are hundreds of varieties. Other shell vegetables like peas, limas and soybeans are also rich sources of vitamins, minerals and protein. Like broccoli, sweet peppers are one of those vegetables that may be eaten raw as well as cooked. The plus, nutritionally, in raw vegetables is that they retain their vitamin strength. As a pepper ripens and reddens, its vitamin content increases. With its Popeye image, spinach enjoys hero stature as a health food. But if you're going to cook it, you need acres to keep you supplied because it reduces drastically in boiling water. A home gardener gets best value from spinach as a salad green since only a few leaves are needed at a time. Raw beet greens also make a healthful salad ingredient. The sweet potato gets high marks in various nutrition scoreboards I've seen recently. It's a great source of fiber and has lots of vitamin A and beta carotene. You might think of it as a subtropical plant best cultivated in places with long growing seasons. But gardeners have reported good results in the North with raised beds and black plastic mulch. Cantaloupe, another yellow vegetable (or fruit), brims with vitamins A and C. Some herbs add nutrients as well as tang to a meal. Did you know that parsley, America's most widely grown herb, contains more beta carotene by weight than carrots? Of course, you're not going to swallow a quarter of a pound of parsley, but even a little helps. Community pews notes PV High looking for cheerleaders Anyone who would like to be a cheerleader at Potter Valley High School should contact Laura Oberfeld, 743-1148. There will be a mandatory meeting Thursday at the school. New diet plan to be Introduced A nutrition education program has been developed by Jazzercise, according to instructor Mardi Boettcher. At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, she will introduce the program and relate an overview of it. There will be meetings on the following three Wednesdays to complete the program. Mapping your anatomy is the title of the July 7 meeting, with supermarket strategy on July 14 and power foods and cholesterol on July 21. Boettcher claims there will be no more calorie counting, hunger pangs or failures. The "Know More Diet" is a sensible approach to eating based on the Jazzercise philosophy of fun and fitness, she says. The program has participants choose foods based on the person's body size and activity level. You can eat more, Boettcher says, by balancing the type and amount of food with an appropriate workout schedule. Classes are held at the Ukiah Church of Religious, 741S. Oak St. The cost is $10 for the first class or $36 for the four-week session. Call 462-6563 for more information. Five Hospice volunteers certified Hospice of Ukiah, Inc. has completed its annual volunteer training session. Five people were certified as volunteers. They are Karen Rifkin, Don Rowlette, Jan Boyd, Pat Pasini and Janine Lieberman. The 24-hour training programs are offered to the public as a means of providing public education as well as recruiting new volunteers for Hospice work. Hospice is a way of caring for people in their own homes who have illnesses from which they are not expected to recover. The program serves Ukiah, Redwood Valley, Potter Valley, Hopland and Anderson Valley. There is no cost to the patient. For more information, call 468-8091. NCO holds public hearing A public hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday for comments on local plans to meet the needs of low- income residents of Lake and Mendocino counties through North Coast Opportunities. The hearing will be held at NCO, 413 N. State St. MC offers trip to New Zealand A tour to New Zealand led by popular tour director Bob Alto has been set to begin Dec. 26, the Mendocino College Community Extension office has announced. The 13-day tour will feature the cities of Auckland and Christchurch, and include such highlights as a caves visit, a stately home tour, farm tour, sheep station tour and overnight at Glencoe Lodge on Mount Cook. Optional extensions are also available to Fiji and Australia. Tour leader Bob Alto is a popular humanities and speech instructor at Mendocino College with over 20 years of traveling experience in all parts of the world. His tours are marked by personal attention to detail. Cost for the tour is $2,696. Those who wish more information about the tour are invited to call the Mendocino College Community Extension office at 468-3063. Kids' Farmers Market to start A Kids' Farmer's Market, sponsored by the Mendocino County Public Library begins at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in front of the Ukiah Library, Main and Perkins streets. This is an activity for children who are actively involved in food production in which their efforts are recognized and they can sell their crops, according to coordinator Donna Ken. The youngsters will sell fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, eggs and flowers. Any children who have their own project or who are involved in a family project can participate. They must put in significant effort and read something each week furthering their knowledge of food production. Younger children may have adults or older children read to them. The children's librarian will assist in finding appropriate readings. The Kids' Farmer's Market will happen every Wednesday, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This is right after the summer reading program activities. Children can sign up in advance and get their official California producer's certification, free of charge.
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