Lexington Home and Garden News – October 2020 – Ace Weekly

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Lexington Home and Garden News – October 2020

Trash & Waste Events
Paper shred

The City of Lexington will host a free paper shred on Saturday, October 3 at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike from 9 am until 2 pm. Fayette County residents may bring up to five boxes or bags of material to be shredded at no cost.

Trash Disposal Day

Lexington’s trash disposal day is Saturday, October 10 at the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station, which is located at 1505 Old Frankfort Pike. This date has been confirmed but is subject to change.

Hazardous waste

The Household Hazardous Waste event will be held on Saturday, October 24 at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike from 8:30 am until 3 pm.

Have a tree or two?

The city of Lexington is seeking two Christmas trees for downtown. If you have a large evergreen tree that is nicely shaped that you want removed from your property, consider donating it for the city to use for the upcoming holiday season. City officials will evaluate all trees and select the two chosen for the city Christmas trees.

If your tree is chosen, the City and Kentucky Utilities will coordinate with the property owner to remove it in early November. There’s no financial compensation, however removal of the tree and stump grinding is free.

The chosen trees will be placed in Triangle Park and in front of the KU building on Quality Street. They will be decorated and lit Friday, November 27, as part of Luminate Lexington presented by Kentucky Utilities.

The trees need to meet the following guide-lines:

  • 40- to 50-feet high
  • 20- to 25-feet wide
  • Be a Norway spruce; Colorado blue spruce; or a Douglas fir
  • Have a pyramidal shape, with fullness especially at the bottom
  • The body of the tree should have few or no holes
  • The tree should not be growing into houses or into other trees
  • Access must be provided with clearance of at least 10 feet in width, with no power lines growing in the trees
  • There should be no other obstacles, such as buildings that may prevent access
  • Must be able to back a low-boy trailer up to the tree and place KU trucks on either side

Property owners should call LexCall at 311 or Victoria Hamm at (859) 277-8703 if they want to donate a tree. You will be contacted by the city if your tree is chosen.

Tour of Remodeled Homes

BIA’s August Tour of Remodeled Homes was postponed to off er a virtual experience on October 9 through October 18.

Photo by Megan McCardwell

BIA went on-site to each of the homes interviewing the remodelers to give viewers an immersive experience into each of the projects for this year’s virtual tour.

The 2020 Tour of Remodeled Homes will feature projects by BACK Construction, Pick-ett Homes Keitz Construction, LLC, Anderson & Rodgers Construction, TJH Construction Company, J&R Construction Services, Inc., Crawford Builders and Vimont Builders, Inc.

2020 Leaf Collection Schedule

The City’s 2020 leaf collection program is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 9. The city offers a vacuum pickup collection once a year for single-family homes that receive City waste collection service. The vacuum leaf collection program is a supplement to the year-round yard waste options.


This article also appears on page 20 and 21 of the October 2020 print edition of Ace Weekly.

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Infiniti QX60 targets conquests

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Infiniti’s next-generation QX60 crossover will get more muscular, premium styling that heralds a reboot for the brand.

Infiniti Chairman Peyman Kargar expects next year’s arrival of the QX60 three-row midsize crossover, along with the launch of the new QX55 coupe-styled compact crossover, to stoke sales while winning new customers.

“We are beginning a new era for Infiniti,” Kargar said. “We are going to conquest additional customers, clearly. That’s really one of the important objectives we have, and this is related to the additional extra volume we are targeting. We are very confident in this.”

Infiniti previewed the new design last week by unveiling the QX60 Monograph, a platinum-hued, close-to-market design study for the next-generation QX60.

Updating the QX60 is a critical step in rejuvenating Infiniti, said Kargar, who took over as global brand chief in June. The nameplate is the brand’s No. 2 seller worldwide behind the QX50 crossover, with cumulative sales of 400,000 globally since its launch in March 2012.

The QX60 Monograph was to make its auto show debut at the Beijing Motor Show, which was scheduled to start Saturday, Sept. 26. The production version will initially be made in Smyrna, Tenn., alongside its Nissan brand stablemate, the Pathfinder midsize crossover, and be sold in all Infiniti markets.

Infiniti is pitching the next QX60 as a “sophisticated yet functional solution for a busy, modern family.” The overall design is more stout, sleek, futuristic and, importantly, premium.

Kargar said the QX60 will get upgrades in information technology and quality in interior and exterior accoutrements. Details on the drivetrain will be announced later.

The Monograph’s raised hood profile, sculpted shoulder line and bulging rear-wheel arch accentuate the athletic look while lifting the visual center of gravity. The sleeker greenhouse blends into blacked-out pillars and black roof, resulting in a longer-looking cabin.

In the front and rear, the Monograph gets “digital piano key” lighting that projects a futuristic feel, while the rear lamps wrap around the tail in a continuous swoop.

“The current QX60 … is known for offering spacious packaging and comfortable, dedicated three-row seating,” Infiniti said. “The proportions of the QX60 Monograph illustrate Infiniti’s intention to maintain these strengths while transforming the model with a more aerodynamic, muscular silhouette.”

Ford cuts Mustang Mach-E prices ahead of launch

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is lowering the price of its Mustang Mach-E crossover between $1,000 and $3,000, depending on the trim, as it prepares to launch the vehicle later this year.

In a memo to dealers, Ford said the Premium trims will get a $3,000 price cut, with the all-wheel-drive version dropping to $50,800 and the rear-wheel-drive model falling to $48,100. The California Route 1 rwd trim price will decrease $2,000 to $50,900.

The most expensive Mach-E, the sold-out First Edition model, will get a $1,000 price cut to $59,400. The Select trim, the vehicle’s least-expensive variant, will also see a $1,000 price cut, with awd model prices falling to $46,695 and rwd models falling to $43,995.

All prices include $1,100 in shipping fees. Customers also are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit.

Ford, in the memo, said all price changes go into effect today but will apply to those who have placed orders or made a reservation since the vehicle was unveiled. Ford did not announce any price changes for the GT variant, which will go on sale next spring.

“Exceptional value has always been a hallmark of the Mustang brand,” Ford said in a statement. “In addition to its great all-electric driving range and performance, we’re adjusting Mustang Mach-E pricing to remain fully competitive in a segment that is seeing dynamic price changes.”

The news was first reported by the Mach-E Forum on its website earlier Tuesday.

The Mach-E will face a number of competitors, including Volkswagen’s recently unveiled ID4 crossover, which will start at $41,990, including shipping, and get up to 250 miles on a charge. The Mach-E’s range will start at 230 miles, with more expensive trims getting up to 300 miles.

The Tesla Model Y, out now, starts at $49,990 and gets 316 miles on a charge.


A listing of home and garden events for the Milwaukee area (Fall 2020 edition) – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Elaine Rewolinski
| Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Find home improvement and gardening classes for Milwaukee, Waukesha and the surrounding counties. Here is a roundup of home and garden events, craft and hobby shows, and where to find more information:

All Saints Lutheran Church: Fall Craft Fair, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Crafters, raffle, bake sale and luncheon. 9131 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek. (414) 762-5111.

American Legion Park: Pioneer Farm Days, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10-11. Old-time farm show with antique tractors, engines and machinery. Flea market, farmers market and food. Free admission. 9327 S. Shepard Ave., Oak Creek. (414) 768-8580; pioneerfarmdays.com

Apple Holler: Apple Picking, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Last bag sold one hour before closing. 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant, (262) 884-7100; appleholler.com

Boerner Botanical Gardens: Outdoor grounds are open daily without reservation, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (through Oct. 30). Visitor Center is closed. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Information: (414) 525-5600; boernerbotanicalgardens.org

  • Wednesday Night Walks. Oct. 7 and 14.

Cedar Creek Settlement: Festive Friday Eves are held from 5 to 9 p.m. and feature holiday entertainment and activities, gift and specialty shops, antique stores, galleries, restaurants, and the Cedar Creek Winery decorated for the holidays. N70-W6340 Bridge Road, Cedarburg, (262) 377-8020. cedarcreeksettlement.com

  • Settlement Christmas Showcase. Nov. 20.
  • Home for the Holidays. Nov. 27.
  • Santa’s Workshop. Dec. 4.
  • The Christmas Spirit. Dec. 11.
  • Countdown to Christmas. Dec. 18.

Cedarburg Artists Guild: Covered Bridge Art Studio Tour, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 9; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10-11. Free. Artists open their studio spaces to the public. Tour begins at any of the locations in Port Washington, Grafton, Cedarburg and Mequon. Most of the artists will be creating art during the event and will explain their artistic processes and inspirations. cedarburgartistsguild.com

Cedarburg Cultural Center: “The Sick to Death of It” Gothic History Tour, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23-34 and Oct. 30-31. One mile walk is 90 minutes with steps, no seating or bathrooms, and sidewalks and ground may be dark or uneven in the cemetery. Advance ticket purchase required. W62-N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg..(262) 375-3676; cedarburgculturalcenter.org

Christkindl LIVE Market: Virtual Christmas market with live stream experience, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 15-Dec. 31. Christkindl.live

Crush Wine Bar: Wine Tasting, Oct. 15, 22, 28. Duckthorn Portfolio Tasting, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22. Zinfandel Day, 4 p.m. Nov. 18. W168-S7392 Parkland Drive Muskego. (262) 409-8417.

Delafield Hotel: Boutique Wedding Showcase, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 29. Visit with vendors offering a variety of wedding services. Complimentary admission and valet parking. 415 Genesee St., Delafield. premierbridewisconsin.com

Earth, Wood and Fire Artist Tour: Self-guided driving tour, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 24-25. View  pottery, wood, textiles, painting, and more at artist studios in Cambridge and Jefferson counties. earthwoodandfiretour.com

East Troy Railroad Museum: Fall Harvest Fest Trains, Saturday-Sunday, (through Oct. 25). Christmas Trains, Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20. Advance electronic ticket purchase required. Depot, 2002 Church St., East Troy. (262) 642-3263; easttroyrr.org

Elegant Farmer Harvest Fest: Weekend of activities include a corn maze for all ages, hayrides, pony rides and train rides, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (through Oct. 25). Check out what’s picking in the orchard, or shop the Farm Kitchen Bakery, Deli & Market, 1545 Main St., Mukwonago, (262) 363-6771; elegantfarmer.com

Elkhorn Oktoberfest: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 17. Crafters and vendors with handcrafted items, antiques, produce and plants. Veterans Park, 100 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn.

Elmbrook Historical Society: “George and Martha Washington” dinner, Nov. 9 at Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove. Reservation required by Nov. 6. Enjoy cocktails and dinner, followed by historian David Wiedenkeller and his wife Mary portraying the first couple. (262) 782-4057; elmbrookhistoricalsociety.org

Elmbrook Historical Society: Christmas at the Inn Arts & Crafts Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5; 1-4 p.m. Dec. 6. Cash only event, $6 adult; $3 child, ages 3 to 12. Shop the arts & crafts fair and bake sale, enjoy soup and muffin sampling, and holiday music. Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum, 1075 Pilgrim Pkwy, Brookfield. elmbrookhistoricalsociety.org

Friends of the Domes: In-person and virtual adult education workshops. Visit website for information and registration. milwaukeedomes.org

  • Kombucha 101. Oct. 8.
  • Bee Bundles & Pollinator Hotels. Oct. 18.

Hawthorne Hill Farm: “Decorate!” Holiday Market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 6-7; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8. Shop home and garden décor, antique and vintage items, quilts, furniture and accessories. 16370 W. Small Road, New Berlin. hawthornehillfarm.com

Hearthstone Historic House Museum: “Sequential Killers of the Victorian Age,” 6-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Oct. 31. Walk-through tour with characters depicting criminals, victims and detectives. 625 Prospect Street, Appleton. (920) 730-8204; hearthstonemuseum.org

Historic Milwaukee: Virtual Doors Open, (through Oct. 11). Online building tours of Milwaukee will showcase sites using photos, videos and 360 virtual reality tours. Doors Open booklet recommends family activities and structures in a variety of Milwaukee neighborhoods to explore. historicmilwaukee.org

Hoard Historical Museum: Drive-thru Harvest Fest, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 31. Event features fall-themed crafts, activities and Halloween candy. 401 Whitewater Ave., Fort Atkinson. (920) 563-7769.

Holy Hill Art Farm: Art & Farm Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 10-11. Browse fine art and crafts, vintage and antiques, with farm products, jams and sweets. 4958 Highway 167, Hubertus. (262) 224-6153. holyhillartfarm.com

Johnson’s Gardens: Garden related classes/demos/workshops are offered throughout the year. Classes are free, except for the hands-on workshops. Registration is required for all classes. 8504 Highway 60, Cedarburg. (262) 377-2500; www.jgplants.com

  • Christmas Open House. Nov. 14-15.

Lake Geneva Walking Tour: Sordid and Scandalous, 11 a.m. Oct. 10. $10. Learn about the history of Lake Geneva with a 90-minute walking tour of downtown and the historic Maple Park neighborhoods. Advance registration required. Riviera Building, 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva. (262) 248-1888.

Lynden Sculpture Garden: Open, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Wednesday, (closed Thursdays). Experience art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. 2145 W. Brown Deer Road. (414) 446-8794; lyndensculpturegarden.org 

  • Virtual Tables Across Borders Community Cooking Series: The Great Rice Community Cooking Show. Oct. 25.

Melinda Myers Virtual Gardening Seminars: Each class is designed to deepen your horticulture knowledge, enhance your gardening skills, and help you transform your landscape. The seminars are free, but registration is required. melindamyers.com

  • Fall Care for Your Landscape and The Pollinators. Oct. 7.
  • The First Steps to Creating a Low Maintenance, Ecofriendly Landscape. Oct. 14.

Milwaukee Food & City Tours: A local guide leads the tour of historic neighborhoods, unique food stops and breweries. (414) 255-0534; milwaukeefoodtours.com

Milwaukee Public Library: Full list of virtual workshops available at mpl.org

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory: “Haunting of Sleepy Hollow” Fall Garden Floral Show, open through Nov 8. Visit all three living museums of The Domes from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Advance reservations are required. 524 S. Layton Blvd. (414) 257-5611; milwaukeedomes.org

  • Day of the Dead Virtual Celebration. Oct. 30.
  • Poinsettia Promenade Holiday Show. Nov. 21-Jan. 8.

Monches Artisans: Holiday Open House, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4-6. Free. Driving tour of artist studios in the Monches area. monchesartisans.com

NARI Milwaukee: Home & Remodeling Show, noon-8 p.m. Oct. 16; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 17; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 18. $5. Talk with home improvement specialists. Wisconsin Exposition Center, State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis. (414) 771-4071; narimilwaukee.org

New Berlin Historical Society: Free walking tours of the Prospect Hill Historic District, 1 and 2 p.m. Oct. 4. Registration required. See the homes, church and school of New Berlin’s founding families. Information: Sue, (262) 679-3461.

North Point Lighthouse Museum: Take a self-guided tour of maritime museum, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 10. 2650 N. Wahl Ave. northpointlighthouse.org

Okauchee Lion’s Park: “Christmas in Okauchee,” 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Nov. 27-28; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 29. Outdoor German Christmas market and holiday festival features vendors in authentic European market chalets. N49-W34400 E. Wisconsin Ave., Okauchee.

Old World Wisconsin: Fall Family Fun Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18. $20 per vehicle. Scenic tour highlights landscape with historical vignettes. Advance registration and payment required. W372-S9727 Highway 67, Eagle. (262) 594-6301.

Our Lady of Lourdes: Oktoberfest Virtual Artisan Fair, noon-4 p.m. Oct. 10; curbside food pickup begins at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 11. Online shopping, live streaming performances, and curbside food pickup. 3722 S. 58th St., (414) 545-4316.

Roots and Branches: Virtual “Garden Party” online auction benefit, Oct. 4-11. 1115 S. Main St., West Bend. Visit website for event information: rootsbranches.org

SoLu Estate Winery: Hallowine Bash, 6-10 p.m. $60 ticket, includes Spooktacular Buffet and 4 drink tickets. Costumes are a requirement. W8269 County Road F, Cascade. (920) 528-1550.

Stone Bank Farm Market: Shop seasonal foods, family style meals and small batch baked goods, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. N68-W33208 County Road K, Stone Bank. (262) 563-8010; stonebankmarket.com

  • Fall Farm Tour and Stone Bank Kitchen Cafe. Oct. 10.
  • Farm Dinner in the Barn. Oct. 22.

Taliesin Preservation: House and estate tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, studio and school are designed for every level of interest. Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, 5607 County Road C, Spring Green. taliesinpreservation.org/tours

  • Driftless Landscape Tours: Oct. 10, 17, 24.

Tower Heritage Center: Campus includes two museums and one historic site that trace the history of Washington County. 320 S. 5th Ave., West Bend. (262) 335-4678; historyisfun.com

The Village Cheese Shop: Fondue Night at Home, Oct. 17, Nov. 7, 21, Dec. 5, 19. $40. Pick up the ingredients, house dippers, instructional video, and make authentic fondue at home. 1430 Underwood Ave., Wauwatosa. (414) 488-2099.

Wade House Historic Site: Hearthside Dinner, Oct. 17. $55. Help prepare a stagecoach era menu and enjoy the meal in the dining room. W7965 Highway 23, Greenbush. (920) 526-3271; wadehouse.wisconsinhistory.org/

  • Breakfast at the Inn. Oct. 24.

Washington County Fair Park: Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 12. $3. 3000 Pleasant Valley Road, West Bend.

Wendland Nursery: Holiday Patio Planter Workshops, noon or 1 p.m. Nov. 20; 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. Nov. 21 or Nov. 28; 2 or 3 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 or 11 a.m. Dec. 5. $35. Create a 14 inch patio planter; class is held in nursery. W172-N10415 Division Road, Germantown. (262) 251-9678; wendlandnursery.com

  • Live Reindeer Visit. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 29.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts: Exhibition of works by fiber artists demonstrating traditional to contemporary techniques, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. N50-W5050 Portland Road, Cedarburg. (262) 546-0300; wiquiltmuseum.com

  • Block Printing with Ammu Cherian. Nov. 14.


Buffalo Bill’s Christmas Trees: Nov. 27-Dec. 20. Pre-cut, and cut-your-own Christmas trees. 9612 W. Oakwood Road, Franklin. (414)-427-5155.

CW Christmas Trees: Nov. 20-Dec. 23. Open 9 a.m.-noon Thanksgiving Day. Pre-cut Christmas trees, wreaths, garland, boughs and tree stands. Cut-your own on weekends only, W5760 CTH-CW, Watertown. cwchristmastrees.com

Cozy Nook Farm: Pre-cut trees, boughs and wreaths, grown in Wisconsin. S11-W30780 Summit Ave., Waukesha. (262) 968-2573; cozynookfarms.com

Frenz Garden Center: Pre-cut Christmas trees and wreaths. 505 N Main St., Thiensville. (262) 242-1060.

Indian Lore: Cut down your own or pick a pre-cut tree. 7790 Indian Lore Road, West Bend. (262) 689-2234.

Meadowbrook Farm: Pre-cut trees and wreaths. 2970 Mile View Road, West Bend. (262) 338-3649; meadowbrookfun.com

SnowKist Trees: Cut-your-own trees, pre-cut trees, wreaths, and tree stands. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 27 and Friday-Saturdays until Christmas. S31-W38551 School Section Lake Road, Dousman. (262) 965-2110.

Stumpf’s Tree Farm: Cut-your-own Christmas tree, and evergreens for home and landscaping needs. 340 Horns Corners Road, Cedarburg. ucuttrees.com

Trees for Less Nursery: Cut-your-own Christmas tree. 11550 N. Wasaukee Road, Mequon. (262) 242-7522.

Wellens Tree Farm: Tree lot with pre-cut Christmas trees, wreaths and boughs. On Broad St. and Schoolway, Greendale. (414) 238-4194.

Please submit your event three weeks before the event or registration deadline to jsfeat@journalsentinel.com, with “Attention Home and Garden calendar” in the subject line.

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Dispatch Fall Home & Garden Show – ColumbusUnderground.com – columbusunderground

The Fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show On Demand, presented by Rosati Windows, connects guests with featured craftsmen and pros from 100+ companies focused on home remodeling, kitchens and baths, home décor, outdoor living and more.

Join from your favorite device – mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop – on October 8, 9 and 10 at DispatchHomeAndGardenShow.com.

The 2020 On Demand Fall Show is an online version of the expo, complete with booths staffed by local companies, craftsmen and pros, and an auditorium featuring workshops. You will be able to “walk” around the digital space and “visit” vendors at their booths, communicating with them in real-time via video, voice or text chat. This novel approach also provides the unique experience of being able to show projects to vendors, also in real-time, so vendors can give more detailed feedback and estimates.

Sep. 13-Oct. 7: Pre-register and enter the Home & Garden Show “Free for a Year Giveaway.” Entrants will be eligible to win one of the free home services for year prizes, plus be pre-registered for the Home & Garden Show On Demand.
Oct. 8, 9 and 10: The event is live — talk online with exhibitors by video, voice or text, or catch one of our celebrity presentations or special workshops.
Oct. 11-31: Explore the exhibit hall and ping any exhibitor — they will follow up with you.

General admission to the Fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show On Demand is free with the special code available at Lowe’s and through other outlets that will be announced on the event website.

For a full list of vendors as well as daily events and activities, visit DispatchHomeandGardenShow.com.

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Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting Sept. 26 – Colorado Springs Gazette

Some in-person events might be canceled due to COVID-19. Before going, make sure event is taking place.


Parade of Homes — In-person and virtual, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $17. Tickets required: springsparade.com.


Fall Online Plant and Bulb Sale — Orders picked up Thursday-Oct. 3, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver; botanicgardens.org/events/special-events/fall-plant-bulb-sale.

Email information at least two weeks in advance: listings@gazette.com.


Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting Sept. 19 – Colorado Springs Gazette

Some in-person events might be canceled due to COVID-19. Before going, make sure event is taking place.


Parade of Homes — In-person and virtual, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Sundays, $17. Tickets required: springsparade.com.


Putting the Garden to Bed Webinar — Hosted by Colorado Master Gardeners Lunch & Learn, noon-1 p.m., free. Registration required: tinyurl.com/ya6qyu2l.


Fall Online Plant and Bulb Sale — Orders picked up Oct. 1-3, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver; botanicgardens.org/events/special-events/fall-plant-bulb-sale.

Email information at least two weeks in advance: listings@gazette.com.


Homes Recently Listed in the Napa Valley | Home and Garden – Napa Valley Register

Rethinking the kind of life you want to live post-pandemic and the role your home will play? The new normal is changing our housing desires and needs: Welcoming neighborhoods, outdoor spaces, custom, high-end kitchens, dedicated home offices that offer a quiet and secluded place to work, Zoom and learn, natural light and access to nature, easy access to nearby chic outdoor dining venues, more space, a bigger, newer home, room for loved ones, home gym, easy access to health care and sourcing quality goods. 1831 Quail Court fulfills this wish list! 4 ensuite bedrooms, cathedral ceilings, screened in porch, high end upgrades, room for a pool, multiple outdoor spaces. Tons of room for stylish options: home offices, home gym, separate guest quarters; first floor master, tranquil gardens, mature landscaping, tons of storage. This is a must see in the heart of the Napa Valley wine country.

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Home & Garden Show first event held at newly-renovated Caloosa Sound Convention Center – NBC2 News

FORT MYERS, Fla. – As part of the construction of the Luminary Hotel that opens to the public this week, the Caloosa Sound Convention Center was given a face-lift.

The first event to test it out was this weekend’s Home and Garden Show.

In 1991, the Home and Garden Show was the first event to be held in the space formally known as the Harbor Side Event Center.

On Saturday and Sunday, both vendors and visitors admired the newly-renovated space at its first event.

Organizers made sure everyone was following CDC guidelines.

“Because of COVID, we’ve social distanced our exhibitors, we’ve kept them away from one another,” said David Pardi, Florida Show Manager. “Instead of selling out the room, we’ve done about 75 percent of the booths we’ve sold. We’re keeping everyone away from one another- 10-foot isles.”

The Home and Garden Show says they’ll be back in Fort Myers in January 2021.


Will the (auto, boat, home and garden) show go on? I-X Center closure, coronavirus pandemic cause turmoil for – cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — More cars are sold in March in northern Ohio than any other month, according to Lou Vitantonio, president of the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association.

Why? Because the weeklong Cleveland Auto Show always ends in early March, kicking off a flurry of car buying.

Whether that happens in 2021 is anyone’s guess.

Organizers for the auto show, the Great Big Home and Garden Show, the Cleveland Boat Show and other popular consumer events were thrown for a loop on Wednesday, when the company that operates the International Exposition Center in Cleveland announced that it was closing the facility.

The news comes on top of what is already a very challenging time for the events industry, as the state continues to restrict most large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the challenges, Vitantonio said he is cautiously optimistic that the car show, which drew nearly 350,000 visitors over 10 days early this year, will be held in 2021.

Michelle Burke, president of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, which produces the popular Progressive Cleveland Boat Show every January at the I-X Center, said she, too, is hopeful. Her event draws 50,000 attendees and 300 vendors over five days. Some boat vendors said they generate 40% of their annual sales at the Cleveland show.

Burke is leading an effort to convince Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to allow consumer shows to operate.

Statewide, convention centers have been largely restricted from reopening, at least for their intended purposes, as most large gatherings are still prohibited in Ohio (although there are numerous exceptions – for weddings, Browns and Bengals games, performance venues and other facilities).

Burke argues that consumer shows are not mass gatherings – they’re more like retail operations or entertainment venues and should be permitted under already existing state guidelines.

“We won’t have people all together, elbow to elbow,” she said. Like museums and amusement parks, consumer shows can restrict capacity, sell timed tickets, require one-way aisles and put rules in place to keep attendees safe.

She is organizing an effort on behalf of event operators throughout Ohio to put pressure on Columbus to ease restrictions. “There’s a problem and we have to solve it,” she said.

The Ohio Travel Association also is seeking clarification from the governor’s office on the issue of mass gatherings. Melinda Huntley, executive director of the association, said that the size of a venue should be considered when dictating how many people can attend an event.

A massive facility like the I-X Center shouldn’t be governed by the same rules as a small club.

“Here we are with an absolutely devasting travel economy,” she said. “We have to give these businesses the opportunity to do as much business as they can in a safe manner.”

DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said the state will listen to any business with a plan to operate safely. “The door is open and we want to have those conversations,” he said.

Meanwhile, there’s the related issue of what will happen to the I-X Center, which is owned by the city but has been operated by a private company for the past 35 years. That private company, the I-X Center Corp., said Wednesday it was shutting down immediately due to a dramatic loss of business related to the health pandemic.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said Thursday that the city would explore all options for the massive facility, which was built in 1942 to make bomber planes for the war. It was converted to an exhibition hall in 1985 by local businessman Ray Park. Park sold the facility to Cleveland in 1999, but continued to operate it under a lease with the city.

There are numerous private companies that operate convention centers and exhibition halls for public entities.

The county-owned Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, for example, is operated by ASM Global, an international firm based in Los Angeles. ASM Global also runs publicly owned convention centers in Columbus and Pittsburgh.

Both Pittsburgh and Columbus have larger convention centers than Cleveland, with space for both traditional conventions and larger consumer events.

Industry consultant Tom Hazinski said he could see ASM or some other private operator stepping in to take over the I-X Center. “I do think demand will return,” said Hazinski, the managing director of the Convention-Sports-Entertainment Facilities Division at HVS, a hospitality consulting firm. “Once people feel that it’s safe for them to go, they’ll return for the same reasons they used to go before.”

He said economic pressures may pose a bigger risk to such events. After both the Great Recession and 9/11, convention business and consumer events were slow to resume until the economy fully recovered.

“You can’t just turn a consumer show on and off,” he said. “It takes years of planning.”

Burke said she is hopeful the venue is important enough to the city that it will figure out how to keep it open – for economic reasons, but also because attending I-X Center events became a cherished tradition for many Clevelanders. The boat show, she said, was the very first show to operate at the new I-X Center in 1986.

“I can’t imagine the city of Cleveland would ever not have a large expo hall that can accommodate big shows,” she said. “These events bring such economic impact to each of their industries and the city as a whole.”

Just in case, though, she’s planning for the possibility of a virtual boat show in January. “The show will go on either way,” she said.