Local jewelers Put designs on gem lovers

Buying fine jewelry can be an intimidating experience: You may be able to tell the difference between cubic zirconium and a diamond, but can you be certain that the lovely diamond ring you are purchasing is priced right for the quality? Is the quality certified according to Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or American Gem…

Vintage is the new ‘green’ at Sweet Treasures Home

Shop local. Minimize your carbon footprint. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Yes, yes, you say, that’s all well and good. But it’s the holidays for goodness sake! And you want to shop till you drop, don’t you? Well, thanks to a little shop in Bixby Knolls, you can indulge in your gift-giving passion without sacrificing your higher,…

Dog-friendly tips to make the season merry for all

In the spirit of the coming season, Bark Busters, the world’s largest dog training company, offers its holiday tips to help keep dogs and their families safe and happy during the holidays. “While most of us welcome the sights, sounds and smells of the season, holidays can also be chaotic—especially for pets,” said Tracy Thomson,…

Corrugated box makers say ‘recycle’

Holiday shoppers, Santa’s helpers, moms and dads, good little girls and boys everywhere will find themselves surrounded by the remnants of an unwrapping extravaganza this holiday season, as in all the years before. Box makers though, are hoping that in the aftermath of all that merriment, when stuffing the gift wrap into bags and toting…

Special trash pickup scheduled for holidays

Residential waste and recycling pick-up will be delayed for one day in observance of both the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks in the cities of Signal Hill and Long Beach. The delay affects those with regularly scheduled pick-ups Tuesdays through Fridays. Those with Monday pick-ups however will have their regular trash collection as scheduled…

Famous photographers capture Griffith Observatory in new calendar

Just in time for the holidays, the official 2008 Griffith Observatory calendar, with color images by world famous photographers Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai, is now available online and in local Southern California museums and bookstores. Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO), the support group for the Griffith Observatory, commissioned the calendar to raise funds for…

Businesses, shoppers give ‘For The Child’

Busy holiday shoppers running from place to place now have a quick and easy way to give back to their local community by donating an ornament to help decorate Christmas trees placed in 22 stores and businesses citywide. The donations benefit For The Child, a Long-Beach-based nonprofit organization focused on helping local children heal from…