Shirley Temple at the Cow Palace

Today marks a year after the world lost the iconic Shirley Temple.

“When many think of Shirley Temple, they imagine a bright-eyed, spirited little darling with curly hair and an endearing smile..or maybe just the beverage. Regardless, Shirley Temple, had a life that far exceeded her childhood acting career and many of her achievements, though not widely known, are worth acknowledging.

Shirley Temple began acting at the young age of 3 and retired completely from films at 22 in 1950. She peaked in her performance career before her thirteenth birthday, and though her later work didn’t attract the attention and acclaim as films like “Bright Eyes” or “The Little Princess”, she remained an small, eternal light that shone through the Depression, giving hope to film-goers across the country.

However, Shirley Temple remained an active public servant throughout the remaining 64 years of her life. Whether appearing in pop culture, running for public office, or raising breast cancer awareness, there is still much that fans don’t realize about the child star from her signature style and career through her lesser known adulthood.”

And one little known fact:She and her daughter Lori visited The Beatles backstage at The Cow Palace at the start of their 1964 North American tour.

Beatles, Shirley Temple Black & daughter Lori (Rm17) August 1964

*via The Examiner

Discover the Dinosaurs starts today!


Friday, February 6th 12 PM-9 PM
Saturday, February 7th 10 AM-8 PM
Sunday, February 8th 11 AM-6 PM

(taxes included)
Adults : $20.00(13yrs & older)
Children:$25.00 (2-12yrs)EXHIBIT PLUS
Children:$18.00 (2-12yrs)EXHIBIT ONLY
Seniors: $18.00 (65+)
Children 24months and under free

EXHIBIT PLUS includes Dinosaur Exhibit, Dino Dig, Dino Den, Dino Theater, Dino Coloring Station, Scavenger Hunt, Unlimited Dinosaurs Rides, Mini Golf, and Inflatables.

EXHIBIT ONLY includes Dinosaur Exhibit, Dino Dig, Dino Den, Dino Theater, Dino Coloring Station and Scavenger Hunt.(Individual ride tickets may be purchased for $5-$6)

NOTE: Following activities require separate tickets: Gem & Fossil Mining and Face Painting

* via Discover the Dinosaurs

‘Ark’ animal terminal coming to JFK airport

In what’s being touted as the first of its kind, John F. Kennedy International Airport will soon open a new terminal dedicated entirely to animals.
Called “The Ark,” the $48 million, 178,000-square-foot multi-purpose animal handling and air cargo facility will include a large animal departure and arrival lounge, an overnight pet resort run by Paradise 4 Paws, and an East End Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center. Quarantine and transport services for both large and small animals will also be provided — including birds, snakes and other critters. It’s expected that The Arkwill handle at least 70,000 domestic and wild animals annually.
“For the animals who pass through The Ark, as well as the people who own them, air travel can be stressful and confusing,” Cliff Bollmann, an architect at Gensler, one of the firms designing the facility, told The Independent. “Our design team sought to create a comfortable, healthy environment for them all.”
Unlike what humans have to endure in some terminals around the world, the well-being of animals within The Ark will be a top concern. So as not to discomfort some species, transport from aircraft, terminals, or cargo areas will take place in climate-controlled vehicles. “The design allows planes to taxi directly to the building, so horses can be transported in a seamless fashion that reduces stress,” Lachlan Oldaker of Gralla Equine Architects told the Equine Chronicle. In addition, the design of the livestock transport handling system is being spearheaded by animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin.
Over the course of its planned 30-year lease in the long-empty Cargo Building 78 at JFK, The Ark will create roughly 180 full-time jobs and generate revenues estimated at $108 million for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
“ARK’s investment of $48 million into JFK will transform an airport structure that has been vacant for nearly 10 years into a world-class specialty cargo facility, and the agreement guarantees the Port Authority more than $100 million in revenue without any additional capital investment,” Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye said in a statement.
The Ark is expected to start operations at JFK Airport in 2016.

* via MNN

California State Fair announces first Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition


The California State Fair is expanding its commercial competitions for 2015 to include a competition for extra virgin olive oil. Of all the olive oil produced in the United States, California produces 99 percent of it.

Extra virgin olive oils in more than 15 different classes and divisions, including blends and flavored olive oils will be judged during the competition. The entry deadline is April 1, 2015. The California State Fair Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition is open only to California olive oil producers.

From July 10-26 the State Fair will feature a special California extra virgin olive oil exhibit with the award-winning extra virgin olive oils on display, interactive educational exhibits, free tastings and market research surveys.

On average, the world consumes approximately 2.25 million tons of olive oil each year and annual consumption in the United States has increased from 30 million gallons to nearly 70 million gallons a year over the last two decades.

Producers wishing to enter the Extra Virgin Olive Oil competition should visit to view the competition handbook for rules and entry information.

This project is supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which is funded by the USDA and administered by CDFA. The goal of the project is to promote the awareness and availability of award-winning California extra virgin olive oils.

* via CDFA Planting Seeds Blog

Horse Swirlology – What do you think?

Interesting posted by Chuck Nifong who shared Beadle Lake Large Animal Clinic’s status.
….Many of people have ask over the years …. What does the Swirl mean, well here you go. My Grandfather taught me this many years ago and I have found it to be TRUE
Swirlology 101- (whorl patterns). Have you ever wondered what the whorl pattern on your horse’s forehead means. Some old timers have said it can be the gateway to the soul. See if you agree.

A swirl located between the eyes indicates an easy going, uncomplicated horse.

Swirls higher on the forehead indicate intelligence and a more reactive nature.

Long swirls, especially those that extend below the eye indicate a friendly and agreeable nature.

Multiple swirls can indicate multiple personalities. High and tight side by side swirls can mean a horse that is super focused and talented, but challenging and difficult in the wrong hands.

2 swirls on top of each other can mean extreme personality swings and unpredictability.

Multiple swirls that form a Z pattern can signal a horse that is dangerous and violent.

The direction that the whorl turns can tell you if the horse is right or left “handed” (or hoofed) . If the whorl flows counterclockwise it is left “handed”. If the whorl flows clockwise it is right “handed”. Tell us any other wives tales you have heard about whorl patterns.

* vis Grand National Rodeo

B.A.A.I.T.S. Powwow – Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Come on down and check out the Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits 4th Annual Powwow!

WHEN: Saturday, February 7th, 2015
TIME: 10:30am – 6:00pm
WHERE: Cow Palace – Lower Building, Bays E & F
FREE admission and parking!*
* Bring the event flyer or an print out


* via BAAITS!events/c1dut