Saturday, October 21, 2000

In the know

Show time

        Bonsai!: The annual fall Bonsai Show returns this weekend to the Krohn Conservatory. Sponsored by the Bonsai Society of Greater Cincinnati, the show features trees, plants, pots, tools, soil, books, guides, demonstrations and information on how to create your own bonsai garden. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Sunday. Admission is free. 271-7070.

        Figure fall fest: Saxony Imports downtown hosts the Hummel Fall Fest 2000, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today. Fall Fest 2000 is the only chance to acquire the Bee Hopeful Collector's Set. The sculpture features a busy M.I. Hummel lass tending to a resin replica of the Bountiful Cedar Hope Chest by Lane. $198. 621-7800.

Shop talk

        Restoring the past: The Union Institute was one of six preservation organizations to receive the 2000 Ohio Historic Preservation Office Award for their rehabilitation and adaptive use of the 1916 Gruen Watch Company Building at 401 E. McMillan St. and the 1921 Procter and Collier Building at 440 E. McMillan St. Karen Pelletier served as lead architect for both projects.

In print

        Getting fearless: Although most remodeling projects begin in the spring, author Susan Diamond Luxenberg suggests the best time is now. Her book, Fearless Remodeling (Homesmart Consulting; $24.95), offers a seven-step remodeling plan from conception to completion without the usual headaches. The nationally recognized homeowner advocate believes “when you work with contractors in their off-season, you are going to get better rates and more attention to detail.”

        Pages of beauty: Two new books in the Dorling Kindersley Living series have just been released. Fast Flowers by Jane Packer shows how to create flower arrangements for all occasions. New Decorator by Julia and Nicholas Bernard includes sections on space, light, color, surfaces and sound demonstrating the basic principles of basic home design. Both are priced at $13.95.

Wise buys

        Scrubbing fun: Brighten your home and household with new O-Cel-O sponge scrubbers with fun designs. The festive colors and patterns encourage kids to join in the cleaning fun. They are safe to use on non-stick cookware, countertops, stovetops and other delicate surfaces around the kitchen and bathroom. $1-$1.38.

        Presidential ornament: The White House Christmas ornament for the year 2000 commemorates the 200th anniversary of the White House as the home of the president. It also celebrates the bicentennial of the federal government's move from Philadelphia to Washington. The design incorporates two highly detailed white sculptural reliefs of the north and south facades of the White House with a center tile encased in a 24-carat gold-plated frame. $15. (800) 555-2451.

        Send items for In the Know to Shauna Scott Rhone, Tempo at Home, Cincinnati Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati 45202; fax: 768-8330.



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