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LOS ANGELES – We cherish things and accumulate them. We move them from shelf to shelf, and from home to home. The federal government estimates that a quarter of Americans with two-car garages don’t use them for automobiles. Even those without a permanent home carry their stuff around with them.We like to shop, own, trade or give away. Things matter to us, for reasons pract…

LOCKPORT – Yes, spring really started this past week. Get ready with three spring gardening classes at the Cornell Cooperative Education Center, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. The classes are open to the public. The cost is $10 per class, which includes supplies. Classes will be taught by John Farfaglia, horticulturist at Cornell Cooperative Education Center – Niagara County.He…

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Getting out in the garden sounds pretty good right about now. Socializing with friends out there sounds even better.Soon, both can happen. In the meantime, Plantasia – the annual garden and landscape show – is underway today through Sunday at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall in Hamburg.This year’s theme: A Party in the Garden.This is the place to see blooming …

Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Hamburg United Methodist Church, 118 Union St., Hamburg. Brockport resident Chet Fery will present “Bread Time Stories and More.” A business meeting will follow. For club information, call Carolyn Sheehy at 337-3742.If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send it to Susan Martin, Garden Notes, Features …

Amherst Garden Club will hold its installation of officers at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Brookfield Country Club, 5120 Shimerville Road., Clarence.If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send it to Susan Martin, Garden Notes, Features Department, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240. Fax: 849-3445. email: smartin@buffnews.com. All items must be received…

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Lexi and Nick Schneider, 8-year-old twins, are used to doing chores around their Grand Forks home – they’ve been doing them for half of their lives.Nick takes out the trash and recycling, and Lexi helps with laundry, said their mom, Kristine Schneider. They both vacuum.“They don’t always readily do their chores,” she said, “but they know it has to be do…

Western New York Bonsai Club will meet at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, inside McKinley Mall. Guest Alan Adair will give a program on Larch. Fee for nonmembers, $5....Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cleveland Hill High School faculty lunch room, Mapleview Road. Enter through the playground entrance. The election of offi…

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The Oscars may be over, but Hollywood lives on at this year’s Buffalo Home Show, which opens today. Visitors to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center this weekend and next can take a peek inside Monica’s apartment, Marilyn Monroe’s bathroom, Madonna’s bedroom, the Rat Pack’s lounge, a classical Hollywood bedroom and, on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ fir…

Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its regular membership meeting Thursday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St. Sign-ups begin at 11:30 a.m.; refreshments at noon. Travis Schmitt will present a program on bonsai. Business meeting to follow.If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send it to Susan Martin, Garden Notes, Features Department, The B…

Willow Ridge Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Zion United Church of Christ, Parker Boulevard and Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda. The club’s vice president will discuss preliminary plans for guest speakers, workshops and field trips. Doris Mohr and Adele Fletcher will present television table arrangements with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. New members and visitor…

Williamsville Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in Emeritus Manor, 245 Bassett Road, Amherst, to create centerpieces using green carnations. Business meeting to follow.If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send it to Susan Martin, Garden Notes, Features Department, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240. Fax: 849-3445. email: smartin@buffnews…

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Hunting for treasures seems to be an inborn trait. Many people enjoy collecting a variety of things, like costume jewelry, bottles, tools, pottery, 1950s furniture, advertising and sports and political items. One subcategory of advertising we recently noticed is the talcum powder tin. Talc is a mineral. It absorbs moisture, and in powdered form it has been used for centuri…

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PUTNAM VALLEY – Living in a one-room house with an ultra-minimalist aesthetic and two small children sounds more like the setup for a joke than something any reasonably sane person would attempt.And yet that’s exactly what Takaaki and Christina Kawabata set out to do when they renovated an old house here. They were convinced that an open space with as few toys and material…

Almost every evening when my husband and I drive home, one single bunny scoots from beneath a patch of forsythias, across the driveway, to safety under my deck. He or she is adorable and we have both expressed a hope that the poor creature isn’t alone. I confess to having placed carrots and greens at the edge of the deck on brutally cold nights. (Lettuce provides some wate…

Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Hamburg United Methodist Church, 118 Union St., Hamburg. Lee Schreiner will present a program on herbs. Business meeting to follow. For club information, call Carolyn Sheehy, 337-3742....If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send it to Susan Martin, Garden Notes, Features Department, The Buffalo News,…