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Daily choices reflect vegetarian lifestyle

I recently had an interesting e-mail conversation with some friends about green solutions and the gray areas that often accompany them.

LOCAL EVENTS

What: A Backyard Retreat. Outdoor living designer Gregary Galgano will partner with Eagle Sentry and Moon Valley Nursery to present ideas for creating a private vacation spot in your own yard. Design elements, outdoor furnishings, outdoor theater and plants will be discussed. Additionally, real estate expert Kiersten Marcos will explain how an outdoor living space enhances the value of a home.

Just Faux Fun

At one time or another, most of us have probably seen a comedy where something or someone runs through a line of freshly washed clothes dragging it along the way. Now, you can enjoy that scene every day in your own home.

Speak ‘feely’ about project before hiring designer

The trees have long since shed their leaves and new buds have begun their irrepressible march to the surface. The gardening tools are already on display along with Valentine’s Day gift ideas and despite an atmosphere of economic uncertainty, homeowners are once again beginning to take a look around and thinking hard about home-improvement projects and decorating ideas that had long been put on hold.

BRIEFS

Professional organizing giveaway offered

Jump start the new year by changing water filter

As many consumers rang in 2010, resolutions were made to start the year off on the right foot — whether to live better or keep on top of household chores. Whirlpool encourages consumers to make a resolution to change the water filter in their refrigerators every six months to ensure clean drinking water.

Button may be remotely responsible for door woes

: I have a three-car garage and I am having different problems with both garage doors. On the single-car door I have lost the remote and the larger door sometimes opens by itself. Any suggestions?

Luggage does more than travel well

DEAR GAIL: My husband and I have started collecting old luggage. It all started when we were given a piece of my grandmother’s that she used when she moved here from Germany. It is now almost an obsession and our home is becoming overrun by them. We have so much fun looking for them when we travel, but if we don’t stop soon we’re going to need a bigger house. Besides telling us to stop buying, what are some creative ways we can display them throughout our home. — Tammy and Tom

Events

What: A Backyard Retreat. Outdoor living designer Gregary Galgano will partner with Eagle Sentry and Moon Valley Nursery to present ideas for creating a private vacation spot in your own yard. Design elements, outdoor furnishings, outdoor theater and plants will be discussed. Additionally, real estate expert Kiersten Marcos will explain how an outdoor living space enhances the value of a home.

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