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Roseville Home and Garden Today

Day-long event includes workshops on smarter living.

Press release submitted by the Roseville Housing &and Redevelopment Authority:

Getting the urge to go through seed catalogs, start spring planning or contempate home repairs, given our lack of snow and recent record warm temperatures?

Well, to get you going, the Roseville Housing & Redevelopment Authority will host its 16th annual "Living Smarter Home and Garden Fair" from 9 a.m, to 3 p.m. todayi (Saturday) at the Fairview Community Center, 1910 West County Road B, Roseville.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and the updated list of exhibitors and activities, please visit www.LivingSmarter.org/fair.

The fair will have in attendance more than 70 exhibitors and hold 13 workshops during the course of the day. 

Fair organizer Jeanne Kelsey says she is especially excited about several new features, including an “Ask the Expert” session (from 9 a.m. to 11 a. m.), expanded Kid’s Zone activities, and a preview of the Green Remodeling Planbook, the first-ever online green remodeling resource.

 “Ask the Expert” will be staffed by Master Gardeners, plumbers, and experts knowledgeable in the area of universal design, a type 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 ever-popular bounce castle and wood-building-kit activity sponsored by The Home Depot of Maplewood, will have activities to help children expend some of that restless winter energy. Those include a craft that will transform a lowly toilet paper roll into a napkin ring, and a fascinating display from the Harriet Alexander Nature Center.

Also be sure to take advantage of the wealth of expertise offered throughout the day at the free workshops. 

Here is a sample of some workshops being offered to help you begin planning your day!  (The full schedule of workshops is available at www.livingsmarter.org/fair.)

Building an Outdoor Room (9:30 a.m.) by Joel Karsten. Learn the fundamentals of creating your own outdoor "room" where you can get away, relax, entertain and dine.

Worm Composting: The Next Step to Zero Waste at Home (9:30 a.m.) by Eureka Recycling. Live in an apartment or don't have room to compost in your backyard? Eureka Recycling staff will answer all your questions about composting with a worm bin. You will receive tips and take-home resources, and have the opportunity to purchase composting worms to get started.

Remodel Smart (9:30 a.m.) by Morrissey Builders.  Learn how to increase the comfort and energy performance of your house as you remodel or build.

Empty Nesters – What's Next? (10:30 a.m.) by Design Renovations.  Wondering what to do with all that empty space?  Stop by and see how to redesign the house for family entertainment and how to take small spaces and convert to today's lifestyle while maintaining traffic flow.  

Vegetable Gardening in Small Urban Spaces (10:30 a.m.) by Ralph Thrane. Master Gardener Thrane has successfully grown 6 different vegetables on the same 3’ x 12’ plot for nearly 20 years and enjoys the fruits of his harvest long after most gardens are “put to bed.” Learn how he does it using techniques such as double digging and hoop gardening.

Redesigning Your Home for Your Lifetime (1 p.m.) by Access Solutions.  Learn how to enjoy the comforts of your own home for as long as you like by using Universal Design, which is a way to make a home comfortable and convenient for people at different stages of life.

Basic Bike Commuting and Fix-a-Flat (1 p.m.) by Sibley Bike Depot.  Riding a bicycle can be a fun, healthy, and ecologically sustainable transportation choice.  Learn tips on staying safe, riding confidently, planning your route, and dealing with basic mechanical repairs like a flat tire – the most common repair you'll experience during your riding. 

Driveways - Steps – Patios: The Latest Decorative Trends! (2 p.m.) by Goodmanson Construction.  Learn the multiple concrete patterns for stamps, colors, textures, and borders to make your home truly elegant while working within your budget! Workshop attendees will create their own decorative concrete samples to take back to their garden or walkway.

Fairgoers will help minimize the Fair’s environmental impact by using Waste Recovery Bins whenever there is garbage to discard. Most of what normally is thrown away can become a valuable resource if it is reused or recycled. Bins will be available for biodegradable/compostable items, recyclable materials, and garbage/landfill (non-recyclable) materials.

The event is organized by the Roseville Housing and Redevelopment Authority in partnership with the Roseville Area Schools & Senior Program, City of Roseville, Lillie Suburban Newspapers, and additional community volunteers. 

The Fair also is generously supported by Bremer Bank, Design Renovations, Goodmanson Construction, Kath Heating A/C and Electric, Linder's Greenhouse, Morrissey Builders, The Home Depot of Maplewood, Western Remodelers, and X-cel Energy.

For more information about the Fair, please visit www.LivingSmarter.org/fair.

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