Friday, November 30, 2012

Lemons and Limes - One of The World's Healthiest Foods...

Most frequently asked question:
What does everyone do with all those lemons?
Answer: Here's a great website, a wealth of food related history and nutrition information, very entertaining A-Z foods list to search favorite fruits and vegetables. For those with a passion in health and nutrition, this site can be a real time zapper, yet worth every minute in educational value, inspiration and menu-planning ideas.

As reported on "The World's Healthiest Foods" website:
Health Benefits
Phytonutrients with Antioxidant and Antibiotic Effects

Like many of the fruits and vegetables featured on our website,
lemons and limes contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Of special interest in limes have been flavonoids called flavonol glycosides, including many kaempferol-related molecules. While these flavonoids have been shown to stop cell division in many cancer cell lines, they are perhaps most interesting for their antibiotic effects. In several villages in West Africa where cholera epidemics had occurred, the inclusion of lime juice during the main meal of the day was determined to have been protective against the contraction of cholera. (Cholera is a disease triggered by activity of the bacteria called Vibrio cholera).

Researchers quickly began to experiment with the addition of lime juice to the sauce eaten with rice, and in this role, lime juice was also found to have a strong protective effect against cholera. Several other fascinating research studies on the healing properties of lemons and limes have shown that cell cycles-including the decision a cell makes about whether to divide (called mitosis) or die (apoptosis-are altered by lime juice, as are the activities of special immune cells called monocytes. In addition to their unique phytonutrient properties, lemons and limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, one of the most important antioxidants in nature....

Monday, November 19, 2012

Puppet Shows FREE in December. Fun For Families...

Contra Costa County Library locations in many cities host wonderful (free) family entertainment, such as live theatre, magical puppet shows, science and other fun programs.

Best tip of our childhood years - visit the library website daily to find recently added programs. Below are handy links to the performers' websites - sure to spark your enthusiasm and mark your calendars! Please Confirm Dates and Times on the Library Website.

Just a few to pique your interest:

November 25, 2012: "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" by The Peter Pan Foundation
Lafayette, CA Library at 1:00pm

November 27, 2012: "Magic Show" by Magician, Timothy James
Pleasant Hill, CA Library 6:30pm

December 5, 2012: "Aladdin" by The Fratello Marionettes
Walnut Creek, CA Library

December 6, 2012: "North Pole Review" by The Fratello Marionettes
Oakley, CA Library

December 10, 2012: "One Wacky Winter" by Randall Metz and The Puppet Company
Martinez, CA Library

December 11, 2012: "Aladdin" by The Fratello Marionettes
Danville, CA Library

December 11, 2012: "The Nutcracker" by The Puppet Company
Moraga, CA Library at 3:00pm
Pleasant Hill, CA Library at 6:30pm

December 17, 2012:  "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" with a holiday twist, by Puppet Art Theatre
Concord, CA Library

CLICK HERE for Contra Costa County Library Events Calendar.
Please Confirm Dates and Times on the Library Website.

CLICK HERE for MOBILE WEBSITE of the Contra Costa County Library Events Calendar

Friday, November 9, 2012

Farmers' Markets Search By Zip Code. Markets Every Day...

Did you know there are farmers' markets almost every day of the week, all year, rain or shine in California?

We LOVE the farmers and the markets. So much fun to be out and about! Breathe crisp morning air, listen to music, delight in the beautiful assortment of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. Have fun. Visit a market soon! Support a family farmer.

CLICK HERE to FIND A MARKET in a city near you.

There are dozens of local markets to pique your interest. You will find many more markets in cities throughout California. Simply search the California-Grown Certified Farmers' Markets website above.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

FREE Library Puppet Shows. Fratello Marionettes...

Enjoy an unforgettable Holiday Treat! Puppet shows are a dazzling experience sure to captivate children, and the young at heart. In the past, Ava and friends have been fortunate to see the Fratello Marionettes perform many of their wonderful shows. Shows at libraries are usually FREE sponsored by Friends of the Library Foundations. Fratello Marionettes command a full-house, fantastic performance, stunning puppets and delightful puppeteers. The children simply did not want to leave the show.

We're lucky to find more Fratello Marionettes performances at Contra Costa County Libraries November and December 2012:

Saturday, November 17, 2012 "Aladdin" 2:00pm at Dublin, CA Library

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 "Aladdin" 4:00pm at Walnut Creek, CA Library

Thursday, December 6, 2012 "North Pole Review" 6:30pm at Oakley, CA Library

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 "Aladdin" 4:00pm at Danville, CA Library

CLICK HERE for Fratello Marionettes Schedule Details.

CLICK HERE for Contra Costa County Library Events Calendar.

CLICK HERE for VIDEOS of other Fratello Marionette Puppet Show Performances.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

DONATE FRUIT. Feed The Hungry! Lemons. Pomegranates. Persimmons. Apples...

Life is not all about lemons! In California and other states nationwide, we have an abundant fall harvest. Pumpkins. Pomegranates. Persimmons. Apples. Pears. Lemons. Limes. Oranges. Tangerines. Grapefruit and many more. Begin noticing the beautiful autumn colors decorating urban sidewalks in a city near you. Find a tree. Meet your neighbors. Make a new friend. Pick fruit. Do good.

No child should go hungry. We don't have a food shortage in America. We have a food distribution problem. This is a wonderful, easy opportunity for any ONE of us to make a difference in our own community. Food banks and food pantries nationwide accept homegrown fruit for donation to feed the hungry.

CLICK HERE for food banks and food pantries NATIONWIDE who accept fresh fruit and produce.

Garden. Grow. Share the love. Pick some lemons.
Happy Harvesting!

Call or email "the lemon lady" for Free pickup and delivery.

Anna, The Lemon Lady
Cell: (510) 406-1625
Home: (925) 672-1988

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