Submit your answers by Monday, March 1, to be entered into a raffle. Check back the following Tuesday for the answers and a new set of trivia questions.
1. Which famous explorer was killed in Hawaii on the fourteenth of February, 1779?
2. What solar body did Astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh discover on the eighteenth of February, 1930?
3. Whose Manifesto was published on the twenty-first of February, 1848?
4. Which vaccination was first given to school children on the twenty-third of February, 1954?
5. Which Olympian made history by becoming the first person to win five individual medals in February, 1980?
1. Approximately how many Valentine's cards are swapped each year?
2. There are many Saints named Valentine or Valentinus, what do they all have in common?
They were martyrs.
They lived at the same time.
They fought in battles.
Only their names.
3. Some say the holiday is based loosely on what Pagan holiday?
4. Who first declared February 14th as Valentine's Day?
President Millard Fillmore
5. In what year did the first written valentines appear?
6. What were the first mass-produced valentine cards decorated with?
Lace and ribbon
7. What is the most popular Valentine's Day gift in the U.S.?
8. What is the top candy purchased for Valentine's Day?
9. Which candy company produced the first heart-shaped box of chocolates?
10. What percentage of people will dine out on Valentine's Day?
1. Which US state entered into the union on the 14th of February 1912?
2. In February of 1959, whose plane crashed?
3. Which famous celebrity succumbed to anorexia on the fourth of February 1983?
4. Which band was featured on the Ed Sullivan show on the ninth of February, 1964?
The Rolling Stones
5. Who won the first Medal of Honor for their actions on the thirteenth of February, 1861?
Colonel J. D. Irwin
While living in Orange County back in the 1980s, Vickie Marx was a professional dog trainer. One day to Vickie’s surprise Gale Storm, who starred in My Little Margie in the 1950s, daughter-in-law contacted her. Vickie was hired to train Mrs. Storm's standard poodle Jolie. Mrs. Storm found delight in playfully teasing Vickie, and they formed a wonderful friendship. Her standard poodle Jolie was such a pleasure to train , and quickly was housebroken, and learned her obedience all within six weeks. Gale’s son Phil asked Vickie to train his poodle as well. Vickie went on to train other celebrity dogs over her 40 plus years career.
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1. Which player won the most consecutive Super Bowls?
Ken Norton, Jr
2. Who is the oldest player to play in the Super Bowl?
3. Which QB had the highest passing rating in a single Super Bowl game?
4. Who had the most rushing yards in one Super Bowl game?
5. Who had the longest rushing TD from scrimmage in a Super Bowl game?
6. Who had the most receptions in one Super Bowl game?
7. Who had the most sacks in one Super Bowl game?
8. Who had the longest field goal in a Super Bowl game?
1. Which of the following authors was born in January?
2. Many cultures around the world celebrate New Year's Day on the Spring Equinox. In what month is the Spring Equinox?
3. National Trivia Day falls on what day in January?
4. January has 31 days. How many other months also have 31 days?
5. On what day in January does Haiti celebrate its Independence Day?
1. In January of what year was Czechoslovakia divided into Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
2. Which of the following astrological signs represent January 20th to February 18th?
3. In the United States, January is national...
Black History Month
Blood Donor Month
Parent Leadership Month
School Success Month
4. The Japanese New Year's is celebrated on what days that fall in January?
1st to 3rd
3rd to 5th
2nd to 4th
4th to 6th
5. Except for leap years, January always begins on the same day as what other month?
1. Which of the following American presidents was born in January?
2. In January of what year did, the Euro banknotes and coins enter circulation?
3. What is the American birth flower for the month of January?
4. What American holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of January?
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
5. How would you say January in Latin?
1. Named by the Romans, the month of January was named after the Roman god Janus. Janus is the god of?
2. The Internet's Domain name system was created in January of what year?
3. The birthstone for January is the?
4. In Australia, Australia Day is celebrated on?
5. What is the British birth flower for the month of January?
Lily of the Valley
1. Including Rudolph, how may reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh?
2. What was the name of the magician in Frosty the Snowman?
3. How many “drummers drumming” are there in the song “The 12 Days of Christmas?”
4. What does Alvin the Chipmunk want for Christmas in “The Chipmunk Song?”
A hula hoop
5. How many ghosts visit Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol?
Four (Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas present, past, and future)
6. What does Ralphie want for Christmas in the movie A Christmas Story?
A Red Ryder BB gun
7. Where does the Grinch live?
Mount Crumpit outside of Whoville
8. Where did the McCallister family go on vacation when they left Kevin alone in Home Alone?
9. What city was the baby Jesus born in?
10. What three gifts did the wise men bring the baby Jesus?
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh
11. How did the shepherds find baby Jesus?
They followed a bright star.
12. Which state produces the most Christmas trees?
13. What is the name of the elf who wants to be a dentist in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer?
14. The movie Miracle on 34th Street takes place in what city?
New York City
15. Who kisses Lucy in A Charlie Brown Christmas?
16. In the movie It’s A Wonderful Life, how did George Bailey become deaf in one ear?
He caught a bad cold after jumping into icy water to save his brother's life.
17. What Christmas carol includes “figgy pudding?”
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
18. What fruit does Santa’s nose look like?
19. What is the name of the main character in Elf?
20.Who kept time with the Little Drummer Boy when he played his drum for baby Jesus?
The ox and lamb
The Thomas’s Love to Share their Christmas Spirit ❤️🎄🎅🏻
Camille & Eric Brownson
Our vintage Christmas collection from around the world.
A few corners of our home!
McLean house on 39625 Corte Chimborazo.
Donna & Richard Baird
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Bairds!
Holiday décor at our home combines Mexico and Sweden in decorations. Christmas Eve's celebration begins with Swedish Ljorum (herring caviar) on toasts with sour cream and onions then follows with traditional Swedish menu of a variety of pickled herrings, gravid Lax, boiled potatoes, stuffed eggs, cucumber salad, Jansson's Temptation, ham, red cabbage, meatballs, Limpa bread with cheeses...along with important the aquavit shots and singing traditional songs before we open presents.
Harvey & Kathi Hopkins
Did not put my Christmas tree up, but I still wanted the feeling of Christmas, so I decorated a little.
Patti & John Petersen
COVID may keep the visitors away but we are still enjoying the Christmas Season in Sun City Shadow Hills!
Sally & Eduardo Polk-Garcia
Here's hoping MANY people have sent in photos of their beautiful decorations!
Sending our best to you and the entire staff – stay well!
A very limited Christmas this year.
Xmas in the living room with our Santa collection and nutcrackers collection
Thanks to everyone who participated!
How to Make Chocolate Mint Cookies
Virtual Cookie Making Class
Tuesday, December 15, at 4:00 p.m.
Learn how to make mint cookies in three easy steps. We’ll surprise you with a secret ingredient.
Check back Tuesday, December 15, at 4:00 p.m. to access the instructional step-by-step video featuring Connie Newman.
Ingredients You Will Need for This Class
(Can Be Purchased at Walmart)
- 1 Pack Each of White and Dark Chocolate (Candy Chocolate)
- Peppermint Extract (2 to 3 Drops)
- Ritz Crackers
Note: This is a prerecorded video so you can pause, rewind, and follow along at your own pace.
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1. What popular Christmas song includes the phrase, “in the air there’s a feeling of Christmas?”
The Christmas Song
2. In what Christmas carol do singers request "figgy pudding?"
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
O Christmas Tree
3. What should you do to someone standing under mistletoe?
Give them a cookie
4. Who told the Shepard’s about the birth of Jesus?
5. True or False: An angel tells Joseph to take his family and flee to Greece to escape King Herod’s wrath.
1. In the movie A Christmas Story, what was the dad’s “major award?”
A BB gun
A leg lamp
A day off
2. What movie featuring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire dancing and singing at an inn only open on holidays was the first to feature the popular tune White Christmas?
Christmas in Connecticut
3. What Christmas dessert is made with molasses?
4. In which country does Santa leaves presents in children’s shoes?
The Netherlands (Holland)
5. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol takes place in what country?
On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’” The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?
Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.
In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.
Along the way, Orlean introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters from libraries past and present—from Mary Foy, who in 1880 at eighteen years old was named the head of the Los Angeles Public Library at a time when men still dominated the role, to Dr. C.J.K. Jones, a pastor, citrus farmer, and polymath known as “The Human Encyclopedia” who roamed the library dispensing information; from Charles Lummis, a wildly eccentric journalist and adventurer who was determined to make the L.A. library one of the best in the world, to the current staff, who do heroic work every day to ensure that their institution remains a vital part of the city it serves.
Brimming with her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, The Library Book is Susan Orlean’s thrilling journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country. It is also a master journalist’s reminder that, perhaps especially in the digital era, they are more necessary than ever.
Congratulations to the participants who unscrambled all the words:
- Lorne Frank
- Barbara Irwin
- Julie Johnston
- Patti Kirk
- Rhonda Manion
- Vickie Marx
Watch the video below to see who won the raffle!
Answers to the Word Scramble:
1. The characters named Desinov and Dolokhov can be found in what well-known novel?
War and Peace
The Catcher in the Rye
The Great Gatsby
To Kill a Mockingbird
2. What is Camilla’s (wife of Prince Charles) Royal title?
The Duchess of Cornwall
3. What is the most common street name in the US?
Sports & Games
4. What number did basesball great Tony LaRussa wear?
5. There has only been one team in NFL history that had a perfect season. Name them.
6. What was Mickey Mouse’s original name?
1. The turkey is considered a sacrificial bird in which country?
2. What is the name of a baby turkey?
3. What was the first department store to hold a Thanksgiving parade?
4. From which tribe were the Indians invited to the Thanksgiving feast?
5. In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated in what month?
6. The first Thanksgiving in 1621 was believed to have lasted how many days?
1. Who was the chief of the Indian tribe who were invited to the Thanksgiving feast?
2. What was the name of the ship that transported the pilgrims?
3. What is the meaning of cornucopia?
God of corn
Horn of plenty
Plenty of corn
4. In what year did the first Macy’s Thanksgiving parade took place?
5. What was the first giant balloon to ever take part in the Macy’s Day Parade?
Felix the Cat
6. Who was the captain of the pilgrim ship?
1. According to recently released statistics, how much did the average American family spend on Halloween in 2014?
2. What does seeing a spider on Halloween mean?
You are going to die very soon
You will have bad luck
You are going to have good luck in the following year
A loved one is watching
3. Which candy was originally called chicken feed?
4. In the classic 1990 movie “Ghost,” what was Sam’s occupation?
5. What is the fear of ghosts called?
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Now’s the Time to Get Outdoors in the Desert
As fall weather arrives, we’re taking it outside — our tours, our events, and even our café.
Yes, unfortunately the Coachella Valley is once again under orders to close interior spaces to help bring the coronavirus under control. But temperatures are cooling down considerably in the desert, making it the perfect time to enjoy activities outside.
We’re kicking it off October 28 with five days of Coachella Valley Days of Los Muertos, our annual observation of Día de Los Muertos, featuring ofrendas, or altars, that community groups have erected in our gardens. This year, local artists are adding their talents to the mix, decorating colorful nichos (shadow boxes) that will be placed amid the cactus, agaves, and aloes.
We’re expanding our operating hours on October 28, too, giving the public free access to the gardens from 8:30 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. A week later, starting November 4, we’ll open our café to outdoor seating.
For now, all tours of the estate will be conducted outside. Three types of tours begin November 11 — an Historic Walk that focuses on the exterior of the Annenbergs’ iconic house and landscape, a birdwatching tour, and a shuttle tour of the grounds that you can reserve solely for your family and friends.
We look forward to seeing you outside soon,
Janice Lyle, Ph.D.
Director, Sunnylands Center & Gardens