Joel, 61, chimes in with, “And then we discovered, ‘Oh, this is hard. Why are we doing this?’ ”. The pair rewatched Bible epics such as “Quo Vadis,” “The Robe” and “Ben-Hur” for ideas on the sword-and-sandals sequences. “That’s a hard slog. How many times can you sit through ‘The Robe’?” jokes Joel. “Hail, Caesar!” was shot at studios and on locations around Los Angeles. Hobie’s cowboy movie was filmed at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, where countless Westerns have been shot. The Bible epic was staged at the Bronson Caves in Griffith Park. A nightclub sequence was done at the Hollywood Palladium. For the water ballet sequence, the water tank on the Sony lot, where Esther Williams’ films were shot when the lot was MGM’s, was used.
The Puppet Company Presents, Kick off Art Is Education month with a little blarney and a bit ‘o luck when Randal Metz of The Puppet Company presents “An Irish Tale,” featuring a magic leprechaun, three brothers and a beautiful girl, Fun for all ages, 11 a.m, embellished ballet pointe shoes, fantasy ballet shoes, altered ballet shoes, pink shabby ballet shoe, gift for dancer, ballet de March 7, Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave, Free, 510-526-3720, www.ccclib.org, Celtic Concert with Chris Waltz and Friends, Chris Waltz and Friends perform a lively concert of Celtic tunes and Irish dance, For all ages, 2 p.m, March 7, Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave, Free, 510-526-3720, www.ccclib.org..
The honor was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Schmid, the daughter of Bill and Martha Thomas of Saratoga, teaches sociology at Guilford Technology Community College in Jameston, N.C. She has two sociology degrees, a master’s degree in legal studies and a law degree. And she is no stranger to awards. Schmid has two Fulbrights to her name, has spoken at international conferences on the subject of community colleges, a concept that is unique to the U.S. She is the author of numerous papers and two books available at the Saratoga Library—The Politics of Language and Conflict and Consensus in Switzerland. She is married to a Swiss native, a retired chemist.
Ragazzi Continuo, “Canciones Continuo,” music of Spain and Latin America, 7 p.m, March 31, Christ Church, 770 N, El Camino Real, San Mateo; and 4 p.m, April 1, embellished ballet pointe shoes, fantasy ballet shoes, altered ballet shoes, pink shabby ballet shoe, gift for dancer, ballet de All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverly Street, Palo Alto, $18-$20, www.RagazziContinuo.org or 650-342-8785, Congregational Oratorio Society and Orchestra, Joe Guthrie on organ, Bach’s “St, John Passion.” 2 p.m, April 1, First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto, $10-$15, 650-856-6662 or www.fccpa.org/FCCPA_Site/Concerts.html..
Take stock. As you categorize, separate out items to donate and toss. Be ruthless.Clean. Garages get filthy. While it’s empty, sweep, wipe, dust. Plan. Now that you can size up what you want to keep, think through and sketch out a storage plan. Give everything a home, starting with your car or cars. Consider frequency of access. For instance, holiday decorations can go in overhead space, while garbage bins should be close to the door. Outfit. For very little cost, you can get systems that make garage storage practical, accessible, and neat. Because you want to maximize floor space for parking, think up, up and away. Pegboard, hanging rails, magnetic strips, shelves that attach to either walls or ceiling joists, cabinets and plastic bins (avoid cardboard) can help you make the most of every inch of wall and ceiling. Last week, my handyman installed pegboard ($25) on one garage wall. I spent another $18 on a variety of pegboard hook systems on which I hung everything from long-handled garden tools and pruning shears to saws, brooms, and bungie cords. On another wall, he mounted a track to hang our bikes ($40). And on the back wall, we put metal shelves ($40), where we store ice chests, outdoor seat cushions, the picnic basket, and cleaning supplies. When everything was off the ground and on the wall, I did a little happy dance.
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