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Home show focuses on all things green

March 18, 2009 - Herald Palladium

BENTON TOWNSHIP - Attendees at the Southwestern Michigan Home, Garden and Leisure Show this weekend will have opportunities to learn about hybrid cars, green building, energy-efficient appliances, water quality and how to use the federal government's stimulus plan to save money.

The 29th annual show, which has the theme "Living Green," will be at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3, with children 12 and under admitted free.

This year's show will have more than 80 exhibitors as well as prize drawings, give-aways, special offers and discounts.

"This year's workshops are primarily focused on living green," said Mike Nadolski, the show's exhibitor coordinator. "That means everything from taking care of the environment to saving your money to greenery in your yard and even to working around the green in your golf game."

All God's Children Community Choir will perform an opening night show at 6 p.m. Friday in the south lobby. The choir's performance titled "Taking Care of the Earth" will feature songs about environmental responsibility and gardening.

Workshops are free with paid admission. Here is the schedule:

Friday

6:30 p.m. - "Hardscaping Your Yard," Suzi Polega of God's Green Earth: patios, ponds, pathways, stairs and terraces to enhance outdoor living space.

Saturday

1 p.m. - "Hybrid Synergy Drive: What it is and How it Works," Bill Crowder of Signature Automotive Group: pros and cons of alternative fuel vehicles.

3 p.m. - "Green Remodeling and Building," Greg Powell and Heather Jasper of Powell Construction Services and Marla Bruemmer of Design Evolution: examples of how to save money, improve comfort and indoor air quality, and do the right thing for the environment.

4 p.m. - "All Around the Green," Lynn Crist of Lynn Crist Golf Academy: learning or refreshing short game fundamentals.

Sunday

Noon - "Features and Benefits of Energy Efficient Appliances," Tomas Diaz of Whirlpool Corp.: save on water and energy while reducing your impact on the environment.

1 p.m. - "The 2009 Stimulus and It's Impact on You," Carol Patridge of Yeo & Yeo CPAs: how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will affect individuals and small businesses.

2 p.m. - "What's In Your Water," Mike Oates of Aim Water Treatment: bring water sample from home and have it tested for free.

Regional chefs will conduct cooking demonstrations in the south lobby. Scheduled to participate are:

Saturday

10:30 a.m. - Drew Turnipseed of Two Turnips, a catering and food and beverage consulting business, and Helene Affatato, owner and winemaker at Chateau La Gatte in Bordeaux, France

2 p.m. - Ali Barker of Bistro on the Boulevard

Sunday

3 p.m. - JohnPaul VerHage of Tabor Hill Restaurant in The Vineyard

A drawing will be held for a Nordic Impulse Hot Tub provided by Sensational Spas. The hot tub's retail value is $2,995.

The Home, Garden and Leisure Show is hosted by the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors and the Southwestern Michigan Home Builders Association.

Corporate sponsors are Dennison Exterior Solutions and Gutter Topper, The Herald-Palladium, Sensational Spas, Signature Automotive Group and WSJM Radio.

Visit www.swmhomeshow.com for more information.

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