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Briefs: Tour will take in six Cranberry gardens

| Friday, June 3, 2011

The Southern Butler County Garden Club Tour is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11. This self-guided tour will feature six new gardens in Cranberry and the surrounding area. Tickets are $15 and are limited. Proceeds benefit club projects and local garden charities.

Details: 724-772-7834.

Glass collectors slate to convene in Ohio

National Imperial Glass Collectors' Society will have its 35th annual convention from Thursday through June 11 at sites in Bellaire and St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Activities begin on Thursday at the Bellaire Public Library with "Imperial Madness," where vendors will be unpacking and selling their glass. The event is from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission at 3 p.m. for the first hour is $10. Beginning at 4 p.m., admission is free.

Friday's events include seminars on "Mixing Glass and Colors" and "Slag Glass" at the Undo's restaurant in the Hampton Inn in St. Clairsville. There also will be an all-Imperial auction at the restaurant, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The glass show and sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 11 at the Bellaire High School cafeteria. From 1 to 3 p.m., the National Imperial Glass Museum in Bellaire will be open for tours.

Details: 740-671-3971 or www.imperialglass.org .

SpotGone! helps repair damage to lawns

How do you fix your lawn when Spot leaves, well, spots?

NatraTurf's SpotGone! is designed to repair patches of grass that have been burned by dog urine. It also helps repair areas of a lawn that have been damaged by de-icers.

The organic pellets contain calcium sulfate. You shake the pellets onto the burned patch, where they work by binding the excess nitrogen salts in the urine or de-icer so those salts can be flushed away by watering or rain.

The product can be added to cat litter boxes and the cages of birds, ferrets and rabbits to eliminate odor, the company says.

SpotGone! can be ordered at www.natraturf.com or 800-255-8196. A bag containing enough pellets to treat 200 urine spots or 200 square feet of de-icer burn costs $19.95, not including shipping.

Tub conversion kit makes bath time easier

American Standard's new FunBath tub conversion kit aims to make bath time better for kids and parents alike.

The acrylic FunBath tub fits over a standard 60-inch bathtub and raises the tub level to make bathing a child more comfortable for adults. It has an integrated seat, grab bars and a hand shower that ties into the existing plumbing.

When the child gets older, the kit can be removed without damage to the tub.

The FunBath can be decorated with decals, and FunBaths with fronts resembling a firetruck or princess castle are available. The regular FunBath sells for $1,799 at www.americanstandard-us.com. The firetruck and castle designs are $2,199.

FunBaths are also available from stores that carry American Standard products. You can search for retailers on the website.

Get 'Radical,' do-it-yourselfers say

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen are extreme do-it-yourselfers.

They're part of the radical homemaking movement, a return to a simpler, self-sufficient lifestyle that rejects materialism and emphasizes homemade goods. The two help others embrace that lifestyle in their new book, "Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World."

The book is filled with instructions for projects, from making tooth powder to growing vegetable gardens and even slaughtering chickens. "Making It" is published by Rodale Books and sells for $19.99 in softcover.

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