With spring officially less thn five weeks away, the Roseville Housing and Redevelopment Authority (RHRA) will hold its 17th annual “Living Smarter” Home and Garden Fair on Saturday (Feb. 16).
The free event is open to the public and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 1910 West County Road B, Roseville. See www.LivingSmarter.org/fair for a full list of exhibitors, activities, and workshops.
Here's what else the HRA, in a press statement, had to say about the Home and Garden Fair:
"The fair will feature 12 workshops and showcase more than 60 exhibitors. Workshops will include expanded “Ask the Expert” sessions,and Kid’s Zone activities.
Also, there will be information about two new programs: Roseville – Home for a Lifetime, which helps people stay in their home as long as they want, and Nextdoor.com, a social networking tool that helps residents build stronger, safer, more connected communities, according to an HRA press statement.
“Ask the Expert” will be staffed by Master Gardeners, home maintenance specialists, and experts knowledgeable in universal design, which is a way of remodeling that ensures safe and independent living for people of all ages and abilities.
This year’s Kid’s Zone, in addition to the bounce castle and wood-building-kit sponsored by The Home Depot of Maplewood, will have activities to help children make a flower-pot mosaic, create an all-purpose, non-toxic home cleaning product, and experience a fascinating display from the Harriet Alexander Nature Center.
(Here is a Roseville Patch video story about last year's Home and Garden Fair including comments from Mayor Dan Roe:
Meanwhile, here is a rundown on some of the free workshops on Saturday that are being offered:
“Remodeling Your Kitchen on a Budget” by Alpha Handyman: Learn how to update your kitchen without breaking the bank. Changes can be as simple as updating the backsplash, countertops, floors or fixtures or re-facing the cabinetry. Whatever your ideas, we can help turn them into reality.
“You + the NEC = An Energy-Efficient Home: Introducing the NEC Energy Advisor at Your Service Program” by Neighborhood Energy Connection: Until now, Roseville homeowners have had to implement their energy auditor’s recommendations on their own. That’s in the past with the Neighborhood Energy Connection’s new Energy Advisor at Your Service program. Your expert NEC Advisor will help you navigate choices, maximize rebate options, and connect you to financing resources and other helpful programs to make your energy projects a reality.
“Give your Bathroom a Mini-Makeover with WaterSense” by The Home Depot of Maplewood & Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
The water we use in our bathrooms accounts for more than half the water used in the home. WaterSense, a new partnership sponsored by U.S. EPA, can help you find products that save water without sacrificing performance. Learn about WaterSense® and the new fixtures (including models and prices) that use less water while delivering the rinse, spray, or flush you expect.
“Solar Power: How to Choose Quality Products for Your Installation” by Powerfully Green:
Make your own green power and get the best value and longevity a solar system can provide. Powerfully Green describes the ins and outs of many solar pv modules, flashing and racking systems, inverters, and what to look out for in a variety of installations. Learn what works best in our climate from a NABCEP certified solar pv installer.
“Aging in Place: Make Your Home a Home for a Lifetime” by Access Solutions: Learn how to make simple, low-cost changes to your home that will improve safety and function and meet your needs and your lifestyle! Information about the Roseville: Home for a Lifetime Aging in Place project grants will also be available.
Make a Garden Grow and Taste Minnesota - Elen Swenson, 40-year native Minnesota gardener: Have you thought about growing something you could actually eat? Pick up diagrams of patio gardens, small cultivated plots and raised garden beds, and learn how to start seeds indoors with choices such as Early Girl tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, lettuces, onions, and herbs. Take away ideas, directions, and recipes for canning and preserving your edibles.
“Preventing Wasted Food” by Eureka Recycling: Chances are your family is accidentally wasting about $96 per month in spoiled food. Learn how to shop simply, store more smartly and plan meals so you can save money and prevent wasted food!
“Don't Fear the CSA!” by Tricia Cornell, Author of Eat More Vegetables: When you sign up for a CSA (community-supported agriculture) share, you get a big box of vegetables every week. It can be an exciting bounty and an intimidating kitchen challenge. Learn how to use those great veggies – and truly enjoy them!
The Fair also is generously supported Alpha Handyman & Remodeling, Kath Heating A/C and Electric, Powerfully Green, Renewal by Anderson, The Home Depot of Maplewood, Western Remodelers, and Xcel Energy.