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Sunset Magazine is a magazine covering western homes, gardens, food and travel (five regional editions). Founded in 1898, it is a monthly publication published by Sunset Publishing Corp. Sunset Magazine subjects include home and gardening as well as travel and tourism. The senior vice president is Kevin Lynch.

Articles from Vol. 185, No. 6, December

A Green and Growing Holiday Centerpiece
Growing around a candle, tender green shoots rise from a plate to make a living centerpiece for the holiday table. The idea originated in ancient Greece, where children grew seeds on tiny platters to honor Adonis, god of eternal youth. The wreaths later...
A Renaissance for Fresno's Tower District
It's a chorus girl of a building: leggy and brassy and spangled with pink neon that would have done Busby Berkeley proud. Fifty-plus years after its house lights first went up, Fresno's Tower Theater is glowing again. Meanwhile, the surrounding neighborhood...
Are You Ready for a Salmon-Speckled Poinsettia?
When you change a traditional favorite such as poinsettias, you can expect to arouse some controversy. As poinsettias from new to traditional decked our halls last December, staff members and guests on tour offered their opinions: "Gorgeous! Look how...
Bachelor and Bend; You Ski on the Volcano. Your Off-Slope Base Is 22 Miles Away
Oregon's Mount Bachelor offers first-rate skiing at a big, modern resort, but with a difference in an era when ski areas are building huge villages" at their lift bases, Bachelor doesn't have a single room on the mountain. (Bachelor is situated in...
Choosing a Botanical Print
A delicately colored rendering of a favorite plant can be an impressive holiday gift for a gardener on your list. Whether portrayed with scientific accuracy or artistic abandon, flowers, fruits, or blooming bulbs offer handsome images for framing. Here...
Design Kits for House Builders and Remodelers
If we all could draw, there would be no need for the clever design kits you see pictured above, But the less artistically inclined among us need help in visualizing architectural change. A number of drawing aids from T-squares to tracing templates have...
Electronic Help for Travelers
A computer mainframe in the palm of your hand? Well, just about. The translator and the mileage guide pictured here are a sampling of the kinds of electronic travel gadgets available in the calculator-size range. Each costs less than 100 and could...
For Santa's and Safety's Sake, Cleaning You Chimney
Clean chimneys not only keep the soot out of Santa's beard, but are good protection against dangerous chimney fires. So, before you burn too many more yule logs, it's a good idea to have your fireplace professionally cleaned and inspected. The flammable...
How to Stop Insect Invaders; Here's What Travelers Can Do to Help
While air-chopping helicopters spraying Mediterranean fruit flies became a familiar sight again last winter and spring over Los Angeles, home gardeners there were discovering clouds of ash whiteflies and dying eucalyptus trees, with trunks studded with...
In-Line or Old-Fashioned? Roller Skates Make a Comeback
Some Christmas presents are timeless: bicycles, train sets, roller skates. Of course, the bike under this year's tree will probably have I 0 to 1 5 speeds. And the trains will be considerably smaller than the one your grandfather had. But skates are...
Living Wreaths; You Can Make the Ones Here and on Our Cover with Succulents, Ivy, or Blooming Plants
Prolonging the season's cheer with their enduring beauty, these living wreaths-of succulents, or ivy accented with blooming plants make elegant gifts. The door hangings, suspended candelabra, and centerpiece shown here and on the following pages all...
Mendocino's Beaches, Bluffs, Forests ... by Bike
It's not obvious just where to go for a good bike ride in the getaway country around Mendocino and Fort Bragg, a few hours north of San Francisco. Scenic areas abound but often draw heavy traffic. And many of the roads in this region, though picturesque,...
New Routes for the World's Fastest Trains
Every day the fastest trains in the world ride the rails from Paris to Brittany and the Atlantic coast. Reaching 186 miles an hour-and capable of going 320-these TGVs (trains a grande vitesse) can take travelers from Montparnasse station, in the center...
One Grand Kitchen in Place of Three Rooms
"Sticker shock" hit Aileen and Mike Green when they priced new Orange County houses with the open, contemporary feeling they sought. Shifting their sights to older tracts, they landed a 1979 house in Laguna Niguel and started to remodel. Because community...
Orange County's New Airport ... Here's Help Getting into, around, and out of It
During this holiday season, many out-oftowners will get their first look at Orange County's new Thomas E Riley Terminal since it opened in mid-September. The 337,900-square-foot structure, curved and vaulted like an airplane fuselage, is the largest...
Stinson Beach without Traffic: You Hike-and-Bus
It's no picnic getting to Marin's Stinson Beach since damage from the October 1989 quake closed the most used access the 5-mile stretch of State Highway 1 from Muir Beach. For at least the next year, Panoramic Highway, along Mount Tamalpais's south...
Supermarket Checker: "Paper or Plastic?" You: "Neither, I Brought Burlap."
Instead of limiting your shopping bag choices to paper or plastic, consider creating, then toting a reusable grocery sack. To make a bag like the one shown here, for yourself or as a gift, all you need is 1 yard of stout fabric such as burlap, canvas,...
Surprise Your Christmas Tree; These Cheerful Ornaments Are Easy to Make from Wood Veneer, Clothespins, Form Balls
Mother Nature inspired them, but she probably didn't intend to create anything quite like the ornaments shown here and on page 104. The flowers, insects, and jungle balls are loosely based on real flora and fauna, but they have their genesis in the...
Time to Start Composting? Here Are Ways to Get into Garden Recycling ... for Yourself or Someone on Your Gift List
To the avid gardeners on your holiday list, give some tools for composting. Not only will the recipients grow healthier plants, but by recycling garden waste they'll also be aiding the environment. It's a simple fact: raking leaves, pruning, and even...
Tortillas to Robots at San Jose's Youthful Museums
After a protracted adolescence, California's oldest city may finally be coming of age. Two innovative museums for people young enough to be experiencing their own growing pains are among the more exciting products of the billion-dollar renovation of...
Which Drill? First among Many Questions Is, Do You Want Cordless or with Cord?
Walk down the power-tool aisle of any hardware or home improvement store and you'll see there's a revolution going on in electric drills. You'll find corded and cordless examples, in many sizes and configurations. it's enough to confuse the handiest...
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