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Sneak Peek Weekend and other reasons to get out of the house

Have a touch of cabin fever? Given up on your New Year's resolution to organize all of your closets? You need to get out of the house. As we count down the days until spring, now is a good time to make note of some home and garden events.

Let's start with this weekend. The Sneak Peek of the 19th Decorators' Show House is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

This is the chance to view the 2017 Decorators' Show House before design pros get to work. This year's house is the August Feine House, 766 Ellicott St., a 7,800-square-foot home that is being restored as part of the Expansion Campaign for Kevin Guest House, located next door. Admission is $5 at the door, or you can download and print tickets at, where you can get more information about this and previous show houses. Free parking is expected to be available Sneak Peek days at the Buffalo Medical Group lot on High Street.

Decorators' Show House is a major community fundraiser sponsored by the Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News that takes place every other spring, dating back to 1981. Dozens of interior decorators, designers, painters, artists, landscapers and others will transform the place. The August Feine House is scheduled to be open for public viewing April 29 to May 21.

(The August Feine House will be renamed after completion for the lead sponsor of the renovation and be known as the Russell J. Salvatore Hospitality House on the Kevin Guest House Campus. You can learn more about the expansion at

A few other events to help beat the winter blues:

The WNY Home and Garden Expo is on the calendar for Feb. 23-26 at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Building in Hamburg. Attendees can tour the built-on-site Twin Lakes Chalet and chat with exhibitors specializing in landscaping, kitchen design, pools, home building and much more. Visit the website to learn more about special guests, review the exhibitor list and order tickets.

The Buffalo Home Show comes to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center March 3-5 and March 10-12. Visitors can gather ideas at the 1,400-square-foot feature home; check out the latest trends and products from vendors offering everything for inside and outside the home; gather around the stage to hear  experts speak; attend a Make It and Take It workshop, and more. Visit the website for updates and ticket information.

Plantasia, the garden and landscape show, is scheduled for March 23-26 at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall in Hamburg. This year's theme: "Gardens Through the Ages." Attractions  include more than a dozen landscaped gardens; a children's garden; educational seminars, and more than 100 vendors offering everything from plants to outdoor furniture, grills to garden tools. Plantasia is presented by PLANT WNY - The Professional Landscape & Nursery Trades.

Finally, you can get a jump on gardening season - or just have some fun - by taking a class. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens offer programs for kids and adults, as well as a full calendar of events and exhibits. The Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County Master Gardener Program has scheduled two Communities in Bloom gardening classes this month (for details see today's Garden Notes, where each week you can also check out what area garden clubs are up to). Some nurseries and garden centers offer classes and workshops as well.



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