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Daffodil and Hosta Society sale

| Friday, March 21, 2003

A hosta sale will be part of the Western Pennsylvania Daffodil Show 2003 on April 12 at the Galleria Mall in Mt. Lebanon.

Sponsored by the Daffodil and Hosta Society of Western Pennsylvania, the sale is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the first floor of the building, 1500 Washington Road.

Entries to the show will be accepted from 8 to 10 p.m. on April 11 and from 8 to 10 a.m. on April 12. It is not necessary to be a member of the society to enter the competition.

The show is free and open to the public. Details: (724) 941-8101.

TOUR FOR THE CURE

Pittsburgh's ultramodern Strip Lofts, 2900 Smallman St. in the Strip District, will open its doors from 7 to 9 p.m. March 29 to host a fund-raising event to benefit the Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure, which aims to raise awareness of breast cancer.

The evening, $100 a person and $150 a couple, will feature refreshments, entertainment and tours of five of the 34 lofts.

The lofts recently were converted from a warehouse (circa 1910) into an upscale residential property.

Details: (412) 521-2873.

CRAFTS IN THE HEIGHTS

The Hilltop Hose Company 3 Auxiliary is sponsoring its second annual spring Crafters and Gift Show from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 29 at the firehall, Idaho and Cambridge streets, Natrona Heights.

In addition to three floors of crafts, the event will feature a Chinese auction, luncheon and bake sale. Admission is free.

Details: (724) 226-3613 or (724) 224-3222.

ELEGANT BLOSSOMS

The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania is sponsoring its annual Orchid Show on March 29 and 30 at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Ave., Shadyside.

Thousands of orchids will be arranged for viewing by the public. Admission is free, and education classes will be offered.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 29 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 30. Details: (412) 563-3335.

ONLINE HELP FOR APPLIANCES

Jim Campbell, a service representative for an appliance manufacturer in Texas, has put together The Virtual Repairman , a Web site to help appliance owners pinpoint the source of problems and determine whether they can make the repairs themselves. The site offers general tips for using appliances effectively, troubleshooting information and instructions for a few simple repairs, as well as links to sources of repair manuals.

-- From staff and wire reports

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