Hagopian, CCS announces rug design wins
The theme for the 34th annual Hagopian World of Rugs/College for Creative Studies Student Rug Design Competition, “Dada – Surrealism,” contributed to lively discussions about unique designs and their origins. The first was received by Samantha Mantua; second, Madeline Riggs; and third place, Shima Solati. Sarah Craven, Mahsa K. Proushan and Desreal Shorts are honored. This collaboration between the College for Creative Studies (CCS) and Hagopian World of Rugs allows students to submit their designs based on specific criteria and compete for scholarships funded by Hagopian who donated money to the school. The plan to find the first site to be made into waste will be presented at the CCS Student Exhibition in May. Go to originalhagopian.com.
Must read? The library is back
The library is back. The area’s largest bookstore and used media event that has raised over $2.5 million for literacy and education programs in Metro Detroit and beyond will return to Laurel Park Place in Livonia starting in April 23-30. The Pre-Sale begins at 8:15 am April 23 with a performance by DPSCD’s Renaissance High School Marching Band. Admission is $20 for the Pre-Sale only, which runs until 11 a.m. and offers first dibs on more than 400,000 gently used books, DVDs, CDs, books on tapes, and vinyl at bargain prices. The sale runs from 11 am -7 pm Monday to Saturday and 11 am -6 pm on Sundays. New products are added daily. For more information about special dates for teachers and other discounts, go to bookstockmi.org.
Learn about ‘oddities’ in garden chat
The Meadow Brook Garden Club will meet on April 28 at Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive in Rochester. Coffee and snacks will be served at 9:15 am followed by a program at 10 am featuring guest speaker, Luke Grange, who will present “Natural Oddities & Belle Isle. ” The exhibition will reveal the hidden wonders of nature, drawing attention to the easily overlooked and the natural. Monthly meetings are held on Zoom. Members who do not wish to attend on Zoom may send an email, including your phone number to MBGCmembers@gmail.com to request a link to receive a link to donate a $5 guest gift. Please submit your request by April 27. Zoom recordings are not available to non-members. Guests are welcome in person and no reservations are required. Non-member fee is $5. For more information, call 248-364-6210, email MBGCmembers@gmail.com or visit meadowbrookhall.org.
The Handcrafters Spring Fling Market offers ideas for Mother’s Day
The Handcrafters Spring Fling Market has a new location at the Embassy Suites in Livonia. “We’ve done a lot of handcrafting before it’s reinvented and we’re happy to see a crowd of people who are looking for the joy of not only supporting the dreams of a small business but giving as well as hands-on gifts,” said Stephanie Jones, show director. The market will feature paintings, brushes, gourmet foods, clothing, jewelry, art, home decor, Mother’s Day gifts and more. Participants can join Sip & Shop on Friday evenings from 4 pm -6 pm at the new location at 19525 Victor Parkway that will also include coffee and cocktails. Sales hours are 9 am-6 pm April 21 and 9 am-4 pm April 22. Admission for adults is $4 and is good for both days. Children 12 and under are free. Go to hcshows.com.
Detroit is at the bottom of the list for urban gardening
Since April is Lawn and Garden Month, LawnStarter has selected 2023’s best cities for landscaping. Conditions are found in cities with easy access to a garden and equipment, a good climate and a large garden community. By definition, urban gardens can include a free parking lot turned into a communal veggie patch, a container garden or a vertical garden. New York, Atlanta and San Francisco were among the Top Three, while Detroit was the third worst. In addition to receiving the gold medal in their state, New York has the most community gardens at 775. That’s more than 650 more than Atlanta, which came in second. with 120. Sunshine State cities make up seven of the top 20 — including Tampa, Miami and Orlando. among the Top 10 – the largest in any state. Go to https://www.lawnstarter.com/blog/studies/best-cities-urban-gardening/.