September 13, 2010 in Features

Your Week: a guide to navigating the days ahead

The Spokesman-Review
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The summer bounty of garden-fresh vegetables with penne pasta makes this dish a special treat.
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Don’t want to turn into a potato this TV season? Try watching while sitting on a stability ball. These large, inflatable balls help improve balance and posture and work abdominal muscles – as opposed to the couch, which does nothing for you.

» Find more health and fitness tips in Tuesday’s Today section.


If crab grass has plagued your lawn this summer, make a note to deal with it early next spring. It will die naturally in a few weeks, but the seeds will generate new plants in 2011. Keep flower heads mowed to reduce the seed set now, and tackle the weed in April with a pre-emergent herbicide that will prevent germination. Corn gluten can be used as an organic control.

» Find more home and garden ideas in Sunday’s Today section.


Need a quick fix for dinner tonight? A no-fuss pasta primavera takes advantage of the late-summer vegetable harvest in a healthy, hearty way. For the recipe, see page C5.

» Find more recipes and restaurant news in Wednesday’s Food section.


Here’s what’s on the schedule for this week:

On CD (Tuesday)

Robert Plant, “Band of Joy”

Linkin Park, “A Thousand Suns”

Mavis Staples, “You Are Not Alone”

Weezer, “Hurley”

On DVD (Tuesday)

“Glee: The Complete First Season”

“Letters to Juliet”

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”

“Just Wright”

In theaters (Friday)

“Alpha and Omega” (animated)

“Devil” (horror)

“Easy A” (Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes)

“The Town” (Ben Affleck, John Hamm)


“Survivor: Nicaragua”: Series premiere (Wednesday, 8 p.m., CBS)

“America’s Got Talent”: Season 5 finale (Wednesday, 8 p.m., NBC)

“The Apprentice”: Season 10 premiere (Thursday, 9 p.m., NBC)

On stage

Clint Black: Tonight, Spokane County Interstate Fair

Smashing Pumpkins: Tuesday, Knitting Factory

Train: Thursday, INB Performing Arts Center

Around town

Spokane County Interstate Fair: Through Sunday, Fair and Expo Center

Apple Festival: Saturday-Sunday, Green Bluff

Odessa Deutchesfest: Thursday-Sunday, Odessa, Wash.

» Find a full arts and entertainment roundup in the Thursday and Friday Today sections.

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