Urban Cottage brings heart and soul to Bixby Knolls

This past October, a new business opened its doors and arms to Long Beach. A few years ago, this might have gone unnoticed. Today, a new venture is newsworthy, and Urban Cottage is indeed newsworthy. Located at 4121 Long Beach Blvd., near the junction of San Antonio Drive and Carson Street, Urban Cottage is aptly…

Curl up with a good gardening catalog

Jennifer E. Beaver Columnist For those who live where winter means cold, snow and unworkable ground, garden catalogs are the tangible hope of the spring to come. While the earth slumbers under a blanket of snow, armchair gardeners are hard at work plotting their next crop. But what value do these catalogs have for us,…

Vocal ensemble Women of Note to perform two December concerts

The vocal ensemble Women of Note, under the direction of Carla Strandberg, will perform two concerts celebrating the power of anticipation. “Coming as Promised” will be presented Friday, Dec. 16 at 8pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 6500 Stearns St., and on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Atlantic Ave., 525 E.…