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  • Elements of Nature:

    Malibu — The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University is pleased to present Elements of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation from August 22 through December 6, 2009.

    There will be a reception to meet some of the participating artists on Friday, September 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

    In the ancient world, people believed that the universe consisted of four basic elements: fire, water, earth, and air. Today, these fundamental states of matter still have the power to captivate the imagination. This exhibition, from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation collection, explores how contemporary artists have drawn inspiration from these essential, natural states.

    This theme has particular relevance in California, where artists often turn to nature for inspiration. Joe Goode’s iconic Torn Sky series from the 1970s embodies the contradictions of life in sunny but smog-filled Los Angeles. Edward Ruscha’s witty images of letters floating in the air were inspired by the grandeur of the California sky. Los Angeles Light and Space artists Jack Goldstein and Lita Albuquerque create images based on the infinity of space and time.

    While many of the artists in the exhibition are from California, the roster is international and also includes painters such as the German Torben Giehler, who creates mosaic topographical patterns based on the earth’s surface.

    The artists featured in the exhibition include Lita Albuquerque, Peter Alexander, Charles Arnoldi, Joe Goode, Marina Kappos, Greg Miller, Andy Moses, and Edward Ruscha, among others.

    The exhibition is curated by Billie Milam Weisman.

    Located on Pepperdine’s main campus at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., the museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and is closed on Mondays and major holidays.

    For more information, call (310) 506-4851 or visit http://arts.pepperdine.edu/.

     

  • Cal Poly Pomona to Train Soldiers for Afghan Farming Mission

    Members of the California National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division will spend four days at Cal Poly Pomona learning agricultural skills that they will take to Afghanistan on an upcoming mission.

    The 18 soldiers, members of the Agricultural Development Team based in Los Alamitos, are part of an Army counterinsurgency effort to diminish the Taliban’s influence and reduce opium poppy production by showing Afghan farmers how to grow crops and raise animals more efficiently and achieve higher yields.

    "Afghanistan used to be a net export country but now imports most of its food," said Capt. Danjel (cq) Bout. "Our focus is on growing the infrastructure – physical and intellectual – that will afford farmers economic independence."

    Cal Poly Pomona professors Jon Phillips, Nancy Merlino and Rick Mathias are coordinating the training, which will run from Aug 3-6 in the Agriscapes classroom and the university’s animal pastures.

    The training will cover much more than what to grow and how to grow it, Phillips said. The cultural context is crucial, as is an understanding of Afghanistan’s resources and infrastructure. "You can’t just give people tractors and expect them to use them if all they’ve ever known are horses," Phillips said.

    "Because economically prosperous countries tend to be more stable, it’s important for us to help develop the Afghan economy," Phillips added. "About 60% of the labor force in Afghanistan is involved in agriculture, so that’s where opportunities for economic development will be."

    Training will include information about crops, irrigation, transportation, animals, infrastructure, storage – the many facets that yield a successful agricultural economy. In addition to receiving four days of classroom and hands-on instruction, the soldiers will have a "reach-back relationship" with the university, in which they can communicate with Cal Poly Pomona faculty via e-mail or perhaps video conference while serving in Afghanistan.

    Other universities, including Purdue, have trained Afghanistan-bound soldiers in farming techniques, but Cal Poly Pomona is the first in California to do so.

    "Cal Poly Pomona is a world-class agricultural education institution that has experience in the critical support fields the team will focus on," Bout said. Additionally, the campus is located close to both Los Alamitos and West Los Angeles, where the Agricultural Development Team is headquartered

  • SALT OF THE EARTH

    Salt, sodium chloride, is an essential element for human health. It maintains our water and acid-base balance. It transmits nerve impulses, regulates muscle contractions, and aids the absorption of nutrients. Our blood is 0.9% salt and this ratio is critical to maintaining our overall metabolism. Salt is one of the basic tastes our bodies are genetically programmed to notice and, sometimes, crave.

    Since the beginnings of recorded history the production of salt has been a major component of industry. Salt is produced by mining rock crystals or reducing seawater or brine by boiling or evaporation. In China, saltworks date back to 6000 BC. An incorrect story is that Roman soldiers were paid in salt. This is not true but they were paid a salarium to buy salt, hence our English "salary." In Europe salt production was so important that cities were named for it. Salzburg, Austria literally means "Salt City", as does Hallstat in Germany. Any English town name ending in "wich," means that it once was a salt production center. This leads us to the town of Sandwich and its Fourth Earl, Lord Montagu, who is said to have invented the ubiquitous meal of edibles served between slices of bread.

    Modern day sandwiches can be a far cry from the simple roast meat that Montagu ate with bread while gaming. What they do have in common is salt. While salt is necessary for our bodies to function properly, too much of it can be very dangerous to our health. It’s the sodium that is the problem. Excessive consumption can lead to hypertension (high blood pressure), osteoporosis, ulcers, asthma and heartburn among a wide variety of ailments. Salt is 40% sodium and 60% chloride by weight. The recommended daily intake of sodium is 2300 mg, which is about a teaspoon of table salt.

    A recent study gave the following sodium content of some popular fast foods.

    A Reuben sandwich contains 3270mg, almost 1.5 times the daily requirement.

    A ham & egg sandwich with cheese from major chain restaurant has 2580mg.

    The "Large Original Sandwich" from another major chain restaurant has a whopping 4590mg.

    With salt contents like these, we can see how easy it is to go overboard on sodium.

    Here are some simple guidelines to reduce your sodium consumption.

    The more a food is processed the more sodium it contains, so use fresh meats and produce whenever possible. Buy products labeled low or reduced salt or no salt added and make sure to read all the labels to see exactly how much sodium they contain.

    Another important tip is to taste foods as you cook them. Always add salt at the end of cooking so you don’t over salt while on the stove and avoid automatically salting your food when at table.

    Salt is necessary for health. But too much of a good thing can also be dangerous.

    Remember to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day!

    Tina Kerrigan is the owner of Corner Office Healthcare Consultants and Jobs in Dietetics of San Dimas. She can be reached at (909) 599-3354 or tina@jobsindietetics.com for questions, comments or ideas for future columns.

  • A Swingin’ Red, White & Blue Revue!

    A Swingin’ Red, White & Blue Revue’ is a musical tribute to the generation whose music captured the heart of World War II America. There may have been food rationing, but there was no limit to the musical talent during the late 1930’s and early 40’s. One of the most defining events in American history, World War II gave birth to many popular artists and songs. Morale-boosting sounds on the home front and "over there" were one of the Allies’ most potent weapons. You are in for a swingin’ good time as you enjoy the vibrant and poignant works of Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, The Andrews Sisters, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Harry James, and many more! So hold onto your fedora and grab your stompers as you head back in time to an era when things were simpler, it was easy to tell the good guys from the bad and America was united in a common goal. Let the Lindy Sisters take you on a sentimental journey… October 11th 2:30 pm matinee at Gardiner Spring Auditorium in Ontario, 1245 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario, CA. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www. Crescendo PerformingArts. com

  • An Unwelcome Return!

    Millions of Americans are keeping their tissue boxes close by in preparation for the peak of the fall allergy season. The budding weeds and grasses associated with the return of fall mark an increase in itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and other allergy symptoms.

    Seasonal allergic rhinitis, or "hay fever," affects more than 20% of the people living in the United States, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Substances called allergens, such as pollen or mold spores, trigger allergies. Many trees, grasses and weeds contain small and light pollens that are easily carried by the wind, causing allergy symptoms to flare up in the fall.

  • Huff Receives 100% Rating From California Chamber

    Sacramento — Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) announced that he has received a perfect score from the California Chamber of Commerce. This score reflects the Senator’s dedication to being a pro-business member of the California Legislature, who has been conscientiously committed to fiscal responsibility during the 2009 legislative session.

    In an annual report card generated by the California Chamber of Commerce, Huff was listed as voting with the Chamber on every piece of legislation that the Chamber listed as "priority." In doing so, Huff has once again demonstrated his dedication to holding the line on taxes and casting votes to stem the increase of government regulation on the state’s business owners.

    "Too many businesses are leaving the state and too many people are losing their jobs," remarked Senator Huff. "I am pleased that my voting record reflects my desire to see more companies invest in California and create new jobs."

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