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March 17, 2010 Greening Up Your Body This Spring by Cristi Lewis, C.Hom. Spring will officially arrive on March 20th this year with the Vernal Equinox, but it feels like it&apos;s already here. We have been blessed with an abundance of winter rains, the mountains are turning a vibrant green, and people are beginning to migrate back outside to stand in the sunshine and begin their outdoor chores for another year. You may feel your body want to move more, to stretch and begin to shed the pounds it may have accumulated to insulate it from the winter. Similarly, our internal organs begin their "spring cleaning" around this time as well. You may have noticed another round of acute illnesses with the change in the seasons as our immune, lymph, and digestive systems begin to get more active. In order to help this process along, we only have to go outside and gather a few of the wild herbs and plants that are beginning to sprout underneath the oaks and along the waterways. Highlighted below are three abundant spring herbs that everyone can easily recognize and gather and are especially good to clean out and nourish our bodies during the transition to the warmer months. Chickweed (Stellarla media) is a shade-loving, non- native annual that is appearing everywhere. Picked before it's white, star-like flowers appear, chickweed is a great fresh addition to salads and sandwiches with a slightly bitter aftertaste that is not at all unpleasant. Chickweed contains Dried as an herb, chickweed is often made into a tea and added to salves and poultices to speed the healing of tissues. Miner's lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata) is a fleshy, sweet native annual that is readily identifiable by its cup-shaped leaves. It is great eating right from the ground, made into a fresh salad tossed with vinaigrette dressing, or wilted and eaten hot. Like chickweed, miner's lettuce is high in vitamin C and many micronutrients that are a boon after a winter of imported lettuce. As soon as the ground dries up, both chickweed and miner's lettuce disappear for the year, so it truly is a joy to appreciate these wonderful greens while they last. will leave a burning, stinging sensation that lasts several minutes. People with arthritis report this sensation can actually relieve arthritic symptoms if the fresh leaves are applied to the affected area. However, stinging nettles are extremely irritating to most people. Gathered before this plant flowers (vNith gloves on!), the young leav/es can be steamed or cooked inlto soups or other dishes, which neutralizes its stinging capabilities. Nettles are high in vitamin C, iron, and other trace mineralls. Dried nettle leaf can be enjoyed as a caffeine-free herl;b tea that is a tonic for the urinary tract, may help reduce hay fever, and is especially noturishing for menstruating women because of its iron content. A great website to see pictures of these herbs and (:other native California plants is tthe Calflora Web Site: As always, please be 10)0% certain of any plants you gather for food or medicinal purposes. So instead of going to tthe grocery store and buying the same old lettuce, try going outside this spring and gatherin!g some of nature's fresh wild gneens. Your body will thank you fo)r it! Cristi Lewis, C.Hmm.,, is a professional homeotpath and owner of High Road /Homeopathy, a holistic care practice located at 1455 Hollow Glen Rcl. in Julian. She can be reached anytime for questions at 70-877-9939, or through her websiite at www. Western stinging nettle (Hesperocnid tenella) is our native California nettle that is extremely common among the semi-permanent and permanent waterways in the mountains. Common stinging nettle (Urtica urens) is an introduced species that is also found here. 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A variety of enriching activities occur all day, every day in a program filled with life's joy. Complimentary tours, luncheons and on-sight assessment program provide a sense of our charm and our service excellence. Office is open daily from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Owner operated by the Cioffi family for over 30 years, we offer short term respite stays, day care program, assisted living, dementia and hospice care in an open and airy country setting. Furnished Semi-Private rates from $2,850.00 per month. Private rooms from $3,550.00 973 Arnold Way, Alpine, Ca. 91901 Phone 619-445-5291 Fax 619-445-5844 Visit us at State license number 374-600-694 Homelessness Prevention Funding continued from page 1 more than $1.9 million in federal stimulus funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. The program helps people and families facing a sudden financial crisis that could lead to homelessness, providing them with short-term and medium-term rental assistance and services. After the County found out it would be eligible for the funds, HCD worked the Regional Continuum of Care Council, a group made up of local non- profits and homeless advocates, to identify priorities for using the funds. Based on the group's recommendations, HCD and the County Office of Education formed a partnership to target schoolchildren and their families. The County Office of Education refers families in need by working with homeless liaisons in more than 30 local school districts within HCD's jurisdiction, which includes the unincorporated areas of the county and the cities of Coronado, Del mar, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Poway and Solana Beach. Thirty-one families have already received help through the program, and HCD expects to assist a total of about 150 families. Sixty percent of the funds must be used within two years, and all of the funds must be used within three years. For additional information about homeless assistance, please visit the Housing and Community Development Web site at sdhcd. -The first 18-hole golf course in the United States opened in Chicago in 1895. Youth Baseball Set To Travel by Curt Nelson Part of Julian Youth Baseball's move from PONY to Little League opens up the opportunity for limited team travel. Commissioner Tom Skibinski reports that he has made arrangements for the older division age groups to travel - and host at Jess Martin - Little League teams from Borrego Springs and Warner Springs. Little League has different names for the age divisions than PONY did. The youngest players (age 4-6) are in the "Tee-Ball" division in Little League rather than the "Shetland" division of PONY. Tee- bailers will not travel. Every game will be at Jess Martin Park. PONY's "Pinto" division (age 7-8) is now called "Minors". This is the division which uses the mechanical pitching machine. Minors will not travel, but will play every game at Jess Martin Park. Moving up the age groups, what we used to call "Mustang", 9-11 year olds, is now called "Majors". Majors will play most games at Jess Martin, but will travel once to Borrego Springs and once to Warner Springs. In return, Borrego will visit Julian once and Warner will visit Julian once. The old "Bronco" division (ages 12-14) is now called the "50/70" division. This division has only one team in Julian, and so will travel regularly to Borrego and Warner, and they will visit here. "50/70" is an odd name for a division. It is a pilot program by Little League to ease the transition from Majors to Jr. League (Julian doesn't have a Jr. League team, only the 50/70 team) and refers to the distance from the pitching mound to home plate (50 feet) and the distance from base to base (70 feet). "Traveling baseball is a fun and valuable experience for our The Julian News 7 Groceries. Fresh Produce Sundries Beer. Wine. Liquor Dry Cleaning Lotto Scratchers Full Service "Best in the County" Meat Department O.S.D.A. Choice Beef Buffalo Meat Special and Holiday Orders, Cut to your Specifications ................ < ' Bill Pa 24 Bruce 765-0152 cell: (619) 972-0152 Chris Del Priore Coming To "After Hours" At Romano's "After Hours" at Romano's presents Chris Del Priore on Saturday, March 20th at 8:30 P.M. Chris is an outstanding guitarist, and has been a working musician and prolific songwriter for 30 years. He has recorded numerous CDs of his original songs, which he'll be performing at "After Hours" with a nice blend of covers and audience requested songs. Joining Chris, will be bassist Brian Akers who provides depth to this original singer/songwriters repertoire. Chris's style is eclectic as he crosses between and mixes light rock, jazz, blues and even a touch of country ala Lyle Lovett. With great traveled musicians like Chris, you never know who might show up and sit in for a song or two. Chris performs at top San Diego venues and "After Hours" is pleased to have him. In May, Chris and his band Mesa Blue, with percussionist Jeff Stazny (a frequent player in the Julian scene, Jakes Mountain, Joe Rathburn) will play at Romano's in the "After Hours" corner. Chris will have CDs available for those of you who want an advance listen of this great groups music. Crowds have been growing on music nights at Romano's. The "After Hours" menu is now in place with a late night, lite menu (does anyone ever leave Romano's hungry?). The music is great, the crowd is a blend of lively, friendly visitors and locals who gather for a little later night out in Julian. Volunteers were out in the fog and damp on Saturday preparing the field for the start of this years Julian Youth Baseball Season. players," says Commissioner Skibinski. "In addition to facing different teams with different pitching and styles of play, the kids learn how to play to win while respecting their opponents from other towns. We'll work hard to be great hosts when our friends from Warners and Borrego visit." The schedule for Majors and 50/70 travel has not yet been finalized. Coaches and managers will work with team parents to coordinate car- pooling. In other Julian Youth Baseball news, "Cap Night" is Wednesday, March 17, at 6:30 pm at the Julian Elementary School Multi- purpose room. Cap Night is when players learn what team they're on, get their caps, and enjoy dinner together with other baseball families. Cap Night also features a "Cake Auction", where delectable deserts will be auctioned off and proceeds will support Julian Youth Baseball equipment purchases and field maintenance. Coaches and managers will be contacting players' families about practice schedules. Games start on Opening Day, Saturday March 27.