The flower truck he bought on Craigslist is his COVID lifeline

This is the latest in a series we call Plant PPL, where we interview people of color in the plant world. If you have any suggestions for PPL to include in our series, tag us on Instagram @latimesplants. “People are in a good mood today,” florist Nemuel DePaula says with a grin. It’s Saturday, and […]

Does mail get delivered on Thanksgiving?

Does mail get delivered on Thanksgiving?

Are you waiting for something to be delivered in the mail on Thanksgiving? Maybe a birthday card or a package? Well, you might have to wait another day. It’s that time of the year when you can expect all sorts of things to be sent your way, and who doesn’t love a good piece of […]

Where to buy Christmas trees for the 2020 holidays

Where to buy Christmas trees for the 2020 holidays

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout Los Angeles and the rest of the world, it’s clear the holidays will be different this year. Research has shown that seasonal decor — twinkling lights, wreaths and Christmas trees — have a positive effect on our minds. So how do we get in the holiday spirit when […]

2020 Thanksgiving activities: Things to Do This Holiday

2020 Thanksgiving activities: Things to do in L.A.

Sometimes family holiday gatherings can feel too close when we’re all crammed inside. Screen time gets to feel like the same old same old, and aren’t we all tired of virtual events? So if you’re looking for a way to get outside in real time on Thanksgiving, here are eight ways you can get out […]

Being alone on Thanksgiving and other holidays amid COVID-19

Many of us are about to spend the holidays the same way we spent most of 2020: at home. If you’re one of the people planning to hit the road for Thanksgiving travel, the CDC is asking you to reconsider. L.A. County reported more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, shattering the previous record. […]

Amid COVID-19, FastAF app emerges as L.A. Amazon competitor

After the presidential election this month, the most frequently ordered items on FastAF, a new two-hour product delivery service, were CBD drinks — specifically the peach ginger CBD sparkling water by Recess and the ginger lemonade Mind + Body Function CBD drink by Vybes. Lee Hnetinka, the founder and chief executive of FastAF, couldn’t say […]

Why I’m thankful that Thanksgiving 2020 will be different

As we approach Thanksgiving this pandemic year, I find myself strangely relieved by the new circumstances placed upon us. Instead of the bustle of extravagant meal preparation which, in years past, included feeble attempts to cook the obligatory turkey for guests (my parents and I are vegetarians), this year feels starkly different. With much of […]

12 Black-owned swimsuit brands you should consider

It’s been a year, hasn’t it? By now, you deserve a staycation or at least some time in your home spa or hot tub. So shuck the sweat pants and hoodie and treat yourself to a chic swimsuit. You may not be renting a private island in Tahiti or dashing off to Saint-Tropez or St. […]

13 places to volunteer in L.A. for Thanksgiving, Christmas

13 places to volunteer in L.A. for Thanksgiving, Christmas

Something about the holidays engenders generosity, even from the Grinchiest among us — which is great, because the need for donations and volunteers couldn’t be stronger this year, with so many people out of work due to the pandemic. There are numerous ways you can help during the holiday season, such as fulfilling a child’s […]

7 events for SoCal plant lovers: Herb gardening. Wreath making.

7 events for SoCal plant lovers: Herb gardening. Wreath making.

The Garden Calendar is back, with a mix of virtual meetings and in-person activities happening in and around Los Angeles. Be sure to check these events before you go, in case they have been affected by recent pandemic closures, and wear your mask! Send your event to jeanette.marantos@latimes at least three weeks ahead, and we’ll […]