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ROOTS - The Definitive Compendium by Diane Morgan As heavy as a basket of fresh produce dug up from the garden, this detailed book is loaded with information about what lies below.

Small brewery big ideas

It may be a small facility (just 1,000 square feet), but Bridge Brewing Company has some big ideas.

Gingerbread has a history

The Internet is loaded with tales of the history of gingerbread. A quick scan reveals gingerbread has been around for a long, long time. However, the recipe has changed over the years, including a very early version made with breadcrumbs.

Green guide

Nature and Water Photo Contest: The Nature Trust of B.C. invites amateur photographers who are residents of B.C. to enter its 2012 photo contest until Dec. 7. Photos of nature in B.C.

Holiday hosting tips

The holiday season will soon arrive and with it will come holiday parties. A recent press release from Jackson-Triggs winery notes that while guests have it made, hosts have some work to do.

What's going on

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings. WEDNESDAY Ambleside Orchestra rehearses Wednesdays, 3: 15-5: 30 p.m. at Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver.

Habitat opens a ReStore on North Shore

HABITAT for Humanity expanded its popular ReStore to the North Shore this past weekend.

Onni development backlash grows

700 oppose size of plans for Safeway site

Add a little magic to your mushrooms

There was a time when North Vancouver gardener Brian Didier (pictured) didn't pay much attention to the mushrooms popping up in his backyard.

An expert's guide to glamping

? Glamping with MaryJane by MaryJane Butters (Gibbs Smith Publishers, 224 pages) $29 THE traditional trailer is given a makeover to get in touch with its feminine side under the direction of MaryJane Butters.