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Floral arrangement class

The hues of autumn are working their way through the Triangle. Why not capture some of that beauty and bring it inside for a wondrous fall centerpiece?

From 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, you're invited to bring your own flowers and container to create your own display. You'll be guided by and work with floral designer Theo Roddy to create a special focal point for your home. The cost of the class is $30 ($25 for Gardens members).

To register, call 668-1707 or visit www.hr.duke.edu/dukegardens. The gardens are at 420 Anderson St. in Durham.

Wreath hanging made easy

With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to break out festive fall wreaths.

If you're like me, your over-the-door wreath hanger is showing its age. There's a new way to showcase decorative wreaths. 3M Command hooks are "damage-free" hooks that adhere to doors, walls, glass and more to hold everything from calendars and purses to holiday stockings and wreaths.

They come in different sizes meant for varying weights, as well as a complement of colors from white to brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze. Simply remove one side of the adhesive backing and press to the back of the hook. Remove the other liner and press the hook firmly onto the intended surface. Hold 10 to 30 seconds. (Depending on the hook, you may need to slide the hook from the base to attach it to the surface.) Wait an hour for the adhesive to set. Voilà! You have a sturdy, reliable hook to complete your door decor. When it's time to remove the hook, simply follow the directions.

You can find the hook at retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart.

Banish odors

In "1001 Do-It-Yourself Hints & Tips," the editors of Reader's Digest suggest using a cup of ground coffee to get rid of refrigerator and freezer smells. Place the cup inside, close the door and leave overnight. If there are lingering odors, refill the cup with fresh coffee and repeat.

To keep your metal sink strainer clean, run it through the dishwasher every time you do a load. The hot water kills germs and bacteria that set up home on the strainer.

Last chance for Parade of Homes

This is the last weekend to see new construction homes on Wake County's Parade of Homes route. From noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday, more than 200 homes will be on display throughout the county, offering you a glimpse at the latest in home design trends, paint colors, and kitchens and baths. You can pick up Parade books with maps and descriptions at the homes. You can also download the free Wake County Parade of Homes app on your smartphone to view home prices, addresses, floor plans and directions.

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