Home briefs: Rappers turned renovators take to TV
“Vanilla Ice Goes Amish” will debut on the DIY television network this year. Network executive Burton Jablin says the former rap star will live with an Amish community in Ohio to learn how they do construction. Vanilla Ice already has a renovation series on the network that will return for its fourth season this fall.
Reverend Run of Run DMC will have a series next year starring with his wife and three children as they renovate their home.
Keeping with the music theme, DIY will also feature Daryl Hall next year as he renovates a farmhouse in Connecticut.
Smash that trash
The TK10 Trash Krusher lets you compact your kitchen trash right in the can.
The TK10 is a kitchen waste receptacle with a compacting plate attached to the lid. You push the plate to compact the trash cleanly, so you can fit more trash into a single plastic bag. The plate is held to the lid with magnets and can be cleaned in a sink.
The 10.5-gallon can is made of brushed stainless steel and has a foot pedal and slow-closing lid. It works with standard 10- or 13-gallon trash bags.
The can is available for $199.99 plus $24.99 shipping and handling at www.trashkrusher.com.
Little gardens, big fun
Just because you don't have much space, doesn't mean you can't cultivate a garden.
Jane Getsey will teach Fairy Gardening 101 at four separate classes starting in May at LMS Greenhouse and Nursery in Allison Park.
A fairy garden is a miniature garden complete with structures, such as gazebos and trellises, and live plants. They originated from miniature Japanese gardens and debuted at the 1893 Chicago world's far.
The classes are open to all ages. The cost is $40 per session, which includes a container for planting, soil and three fairy flowers. Junior fairy gardeners are encouraged to wear fairy wings and wizard hats.
The classes will be at 6:30 p.m. May 9, 10:30 a.m. May 11; 6:30 p.m. June 4 and 10:30 a.m. June 8. Please make reservations at least three days before each class.
Details: 412-767-7020 or email email@example.com
Recycling event for Quaker Valley
The Quaker Valley Council of Governments is sponsoring a recycling day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4.
The event will be at the parking lot of the Avalon public-works garage at Frederick Street and New Brighton Road. Only residents of the member municipalities — Aleppo, Avalon, Bell Acres, Bellevue, Ben Avon, Edgeworth, Emsworth, Glen Osborne, Glenfield, Haysville, Kilbuck, Leet, Leetsdale and Sewickley — can participate, and an ID will be required.
Items being recycled include oil, car batteries, passenger and light-truck tires off-rim (for $2), latex or oil-based paints ($1 to $3.50), computer and electronic equipment, Freon appliances ($15) and reusable building materials. Documents also will be accepted for shredding for $5 per box.
Send Homework items to Features in care of Sue Jones, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, D.L. Clark Building, 503 Martindale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212; fax 412-320-7966; or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- First Amendment experts decry Plum authorities’ warning to students
- Pitt officially introduces Scott Barnes as athletic director
- 3-judge panel in Montgomery County will hear Kane contempt case
- Pitt lands shooting guard from Coppin State
- Police arrest 2 men after shots fired in Perry South
- Upper St. Clair lawyer pleads guilty to dealing in crack
- Harrisburg priest named bishop of Greensburg diocese
- Driver of pickup truck dies following crash into New Kensington house
- Kings Family Restaurants sold to California firm
- Leechburg man held for trial in fatal wreck
- Dennis Bowman ends his weather career