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Homework: Antiques sale; Herb crafting; Garden tour; Rose Day and Renzie Park

The AT200 smart toilet from DXV by American Standard offers hands-free flushing, automated lid opening and closing, and seat heating.

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Smart toilet has bidet, massage features

Will Americans, who are notoriously bidet-shy, embrace a $4,200 smart toilet with an integrated washing system?

Yoshiaki Fujimori, chief executive of Japan's Lixil Corp., thinks so. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Fujimori said he thinks Americans will adopt higher-end products such as the AT200 Smart Toilet when they see it under a familiar brand like American Standard (which is owned by Lixil).

The AT200 Smart Toilet from DVX by American Standard features hands-free flushing, an automated lid, a seat warmer and an adjustable, two-nozzle water-spray system for front and rear cleansing with an integrated air dryer. There is also a night light and a massage feature.

A spokeswoman for American Standard said the DVX collection, which debuted May 14 as an alternative to more expensive smart toilets — Kohler's Numi with Bluetooth is priced at more than $6,000 — began rolling out in selected designer showrooms in May.

Antiques sale in Hempfield

An Antiques & Collectibles Sale will be June 8 at Historic Hanna's Town in Hempfield. More than 140 antique dealers will offer a variety of items.

The market opens at 7:30 a.m. and continues through early afternoon. Admission is $3 per car. Historic Hanna's Town is at 809 Forbes Trail Road, three miles north of Greensburg.

Details: www.hannastown.org

Stop and smell the roses

It's all coming up roses for the the Pittsburgh Rose Society and the Garden Club of McKeesport, who will sponsor Rose Day at Renzie Park from 1 to 4 p.m. June 14.

The event will include tours of the Renziehausen Park Rose Garden as well as workshops about how to grow and style roses. There also will be a panel discussion given by the consulting rosarians, who will address all rose-related questions.

Located in McKeesport, Renziehausen Park was voted one of the top 10 public rose gardens in the nation in 2010. Refreshments will be provided and admission is free.

Details: www.pghrosesociety.org

Crafting with herbs

The Western Pennsylvania Unit of The Herb Society of America will host an evening meeting that will teach guests how to garden and craft with herbs at 7 p.m. June 11 at Mellon Park in Shadyside.

Scheduled events include an orientation to the society, a tour of the park and light herbal refreshments. Make an herbal keepsake by attending the Lavender Wand Workshop as well.

Details: www.westernpahsa.org

Garden tour in Butler County

The third annual Butler County Symphony Garden Tour will occur from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14. The self-guided tour will feature views of six gardens in Butler County and also will help raise funds for the symphony.

A free reception will be held at the Meridian Gift Shop, 298 Meridian Road, the day of the tour. Light refreshments and cookies will be provided; lunch items will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 and available in advance and the day of the tour.

Details: 724-283-1402 or www.butlersymphony.org

— Staff and wire reports

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 sjones@tribweb.com.

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